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8/13/2011 - Bab-behavior not behaving?

Posted in Web Security

For a while now I have been running Bad-behavior for a while now and I must admit I have never really noticed a major slow down in the number of spam registrations/entries. This is primarily because it is blindingly easy to fix whatever issue the plugin might find with your headers.

It does use some third party website like the project honeypot, but those has the down side of slowing this website at every page load.

I need to refine it to only check on certain pages, (like comments and signup), while having it turned off for other pages. I mean, realistically I couldn't care less if a spammer is reading the front page, (as long as they don't do anything else naughty).

So, I have turned it off for a while, this will help me to check 2 things.

- First how much faster is the site, (if at all!), and how much more spam I get. We, (the bots and I :)), are currently disabling no less than 500 to 1000 accounts a day!, so if the numbers get much higher than that then I will know that bad-behavior was helping in a way.

- Secondly, I have metrics to check the speed of the site, so I can compare how much faster it will be.

I will leave it like that for a week or so and then compare everything again...

If any of you have some kind of experience with Bad-behavior, (or if you know how to fine tune it to work faster/smoother/better).

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7/14/2011 - Weathering the spam storm

Posted in Web Security

Just a quick note to let you know that we have been under a larger than usual spam attack over the last 2-3 days.

The spam bot is still doing its job, (and doing it rather well I think Cool), but it is taking a bit longer than usual, (only because of the volume of spam).

So please bear with me, (and the bot), for a few days, I am sure they will move on as soon as they realise that their garbage is not allowed to remain here. I will probably remove all 'new' weblog from the frontpage, just to make sure that they won't pollute the site any more than they do already.

Also remember to report any weblog that you feel is not appropriate or if it should be removed. A vast amount of older weblogs are not flagged as spam simply because the spam bot is still running in ‘cautious’ mode, (as some of you are all too aware).

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