The Tux Reports Network was a spammer’s delight for years. Bots from all over the world would post spam in comments, in forum threads, and in custom areas of the network. It’s been painful to clean up after them.
For months, registration and login were redirected for honest visitors but spammers kept hitting the /wp-login location.
The Stop Spammers WordPress plugin was installed four days ago.
Stop Spammers is an aggressive spam plugin that stops spam registrations, logins and comments using multiple checks. It looks for typical spammer bad behaviors and blocks those. It blocks access to users who anonymize their browsers, and it checks how long it takes to fill in a comment or login form and blocks users who are too fast. The plugin is extremely aggressive and makes no apologies for occasionally blocking users who do not behave well.
And man does it work well !
Over 40,000 spam attempts have been blocked in the past four days. This makes the Stop Spammers plugin a must have for any WordPress installation.
One of my favorite features of this plugin is sadly lacking in most network enabled plugins – administration of the plugin is done in one location and not spread out over every blog.
If you are running a networked WPMU system of blogs, you control this plugin from the network admin dashboard. The Spammer Multisite option appears on the Network Admin dashboard under settings. You can turn on the networked settings and the plugin will work as a global plugin protecting all websites and keeping the statistics for the websites in one location.
If your site is prone to spammers then install this bad boy along with the Acunetix WP Security plugin. Sadly, support for the plugin is being stopped. The developer is moving on to other projects.