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I’ve been getting a serious amount of spam comments lately on this blog. Most of them have been one-link comments that have just contained links to various websites that look suspicious. As of yesterday, I was flooded with about 50 spam comments. I temporarily had to set up a moderation so that I could catch them all. But now I set it that if a comment contains any links, it will be placed in the moderation queue for me to approve before it shows up here. I have Akismet turned on for this blog and yet it didn’t catch all the spam that came through this weekend. I guess posting one-link comments is a way to get around it. Akismet seems to mainly look for comments that use certain language (such as Viagra, Cialis, Nigeria, and Stocks) and since these comments only contained a link so another website it was able to filter through.

I wonder how some of this spamming works sometimes too. Checking my blog stats, I notice that these past couple days my traffic hasn’t increased dramatically at all. So that means that the spammers were somehow posting these comments remotely–without having to actually visit my site. My guess is that they were using some sort of robot that searches out blogs for spamming purposes.

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Written by Eric Spiegel

October 1, 2006 at 9:25 am

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GMail Image Spam

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For the last few months I’ve began receiving spam in my GMail account that has been getting through the normally outstanding spam blockers. These have been getting through because the text is embedded in a GIF file that shows up embedded in the body of the e-mail. So there is no actual text for the spam blockers to sort through, thus it gets straight to my e-mail. I’ve been getting at least a few of these each day and it has been quite aggrevating.

But there is hope. Matt Haughey has come up with an ingenius way to stop those e-mails from getting into your inbox. He has outlined the steps to stop this madness at his blog A Whole Lotta Nothing.

I wanted to comment on there how grateful I was that someone finally found out a way to get rid of those annoying e-mails, but I can’t figure out how to comment on that blog.

Arrrgh! Its simplicity irks me because I wish I would have thought of this months ago. Oh well, props to Matt Haughey!

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Written by Eric Spiegel

August 30, 2006 at 4:30 pm

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