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Protect Your Website From Spam With The Bad Behavior WordPress Plugin

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Bad Behavior is a cross platform spam blocker that works well with other anti-spam solutions you may be using. It was created to block link spam and robots that spam your website.

Using the plugin is very straight forward. It works right out the box though you can change some settings if you wish such as the strength of your security. By enabling strict checking you will block more spam but you are more likely to block legitimate requests on your website too. You can also block requests from other websites; this reduces spam however this can stop services such as OpenID accessing your website.

Bad Behavior WordPress Plugin

Spammers are shown an error message instead of your website. There is an error key in the error message that humans can use to gain access to your website should they be blocked accidentally.

Bad Behavior WordPress Plugin

The plugin provides a list of every agent that was blocked. The reason why the agent is blocked is also displayed. For example, the agent may be on a blacklist or there may have been missing information.

Bad Behavior WordPress Plugin

I tested Bad Behavior on my test blog however I’ve not used it on a live website as yet; so I cannot say first hand how effective it is. It does seem like a useful way of blocking known spam bots from accessing your website and leaving junk messages. It’s worth trying out if you are having problems with comment spam.

Good luck,

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Comments (2)

Comment by Jobette says:

I am looking for review for this plugin when i came here. Its an old post so i am expecting that you already updated this. Do you have any info about this plugin? Some review said it could block Google but other said it working well. What is your verdict.

Comment by Roy says:

Sounds ok but I don’t like the error page that genuine commenters might get by mistake – the mention of a key makes it look like some kind of warez malware page imho.

I can recommend GASP (growmap antispambot) plugin for blocking spambots – uses a tickbox and seems 100% effective against bots – still need akismet or similar for human spammers unfortunately…

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