Since I have been able to figure out how to turn on my comments on my blog here (there was a funky setting clicked) I have found the wonderful world of SPAM. It doesn’t just come in a can anymore. On Friday of last week I received 54 JAPANESE comments in less than 24 hours. Of course, none of them made it to my site, but my cell phone was beeping at me and showing me all these weird posts every few minutes. That is annoying!
Naturally, I asked some others what they used and everyone kept saying Akismet. I was skeptical at first. It didn’t sound like it was going to change my life. So, on Saturday afternoon I went and signed up for the free key. It blocked 4 posts within minutes of installing it. WOW! Later that evening it reported that it had blocked 20 other posts. HOLY COW. My phone never beeped. I checked and sure enough all the comments were spam.
So, what is my point? If you don’t want to be annoyed by spam get this plug in activated pronto! I definitely will be donating to the developer soon.
Want to read more? Visit http://akismet.com/ to see the plug-in’s home page. (They also have spam blockers for more than just WordPress)