Hi Gail, Thanks for dropping in. I don’t actually use …

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Comment on Reviewing The Growmap Anti SpamBot Plugin (G.A.S.P.) Update by Paul G..

Hi Gail,

Thanks for dropping in. I don’t actually use Andy’s GASP plugin, I redeveloped it from scratch and integrated it into our WordPress Simple Firewall Plugin (http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-simple-firewall/)

To date, I haven’t had a single bot spam comment and I haven’t needed to update the algorithm since I first released it. It’s really very robust and it’ll be some time, if at all, that the spambots can get past what I’ve implemented there.

The difference is that it’s based more on the server-side, within no more impact on the visitor than the basic GASP.

Check it out and let me know what you think!
Cheers,
Paul.

Paul G. Also Commented

Reviewing The Growmap Anti SpamBot Plugin (G.A.S.P.) Update
Hi,

Thanks for commenting. What you say is right, but it’s practically impossible to prevent the spammers reaching you. We also use CloudFlare which detects spambots and prevents them to some degree, but there’s not preventing all of them.

Thanks,
Paul.


Reviewing The Growmap Anti SpamBot Plugin (G.A.S.P.) Update
Hi Russell,

We’re always on the look-out for new and improved options for the plugins we use and recommend. Until now, we’ve had great success with the GASP plugin.

I’ll check out the Stop Spammers plugin. I’m currently working on adding GASP comment checking to the WordPress Simple Firewall, with some further additions of my own (in part what I laid out here). I’ll also see what techniques I can borrow from this one that you recommend and hopefully have something that works and is sustainable going forward.

Fingers crossed.

Thanks for the plugin recommendation Russell, and for commenting!
Cheers,
Paul.


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I’d be interested to hear what you find with your tests.

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