WP-SpamFree Update – Version 1.5.4 Released

WP-SpamFree is going strong. It’s been out for 4 months, and just hit 5,000 downloads in the last couple days. This morning I released version 1.5.4 with a few new features you’ll like, so be sure to check it out. Read more on WP-SpamFree Update – Version 1.5.4 Released…

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SEO Tip: How to Benefit from Website Scrapers

Every website owner hates getting their site’s content scraped and re-purposed. Besides being illegal, and violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, it can often hurt rankings of younger websites. Why do these unethical webmasters do it? They create “made for AdSense” sites and they grab snippets of content from various sites to try to get search engine rankings, and then make money off your content.

You have a couple options for dealing with this problem. Option 1: Fight it by reporting them to Google, AdSense, their ISP, etc. You’ll quickly realize however that this wastes a lot of your time. You have to put a dollar amount on your time and think about the cost/benefit ratio, because you might actually lose money by following this path. Option 2: Think ahead, and set things up on your site to take advantage of these spammy scrapers and gain some SEO benefit. Here’s how. Read more on SEO Tip: How to Benefit from Website Scrapers…

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WP-SpamFree Updated – Version 1.1 Released

WP-SpamFree has been out for about 2 months now it seems to be loved by all (except comment spammers). We got it hosted on WordPress.org a month ago, and today hit our 1,000th download on that site. Since launch, we’ve had 332 tracked downloads from this site (which doesn’t include direct links so it’s probably a good deal higher). All in all, that’s upwards of 1,330 downloads since launch. Not too bad for a new plugin. If you haven’t yet experienced its comment-spam fighting superpowers, you’ll definitely want to install WP-SpamFree. Recent statistics show that unemployment among comment spammers has gone up 4000% since we launched this plugin. Ok, maybe we made that up, but you get the idea. :) Read more on WP-SpamFree Updated – Version 1.1 Released…

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WP-SpamFree Updated – Version 1.03 Released

WP-SpamFree has been out for about 3 weeks now and we’ve gotten a lot of great feedback. Hopefully you all are enjoying the benefits of its anti-spam fighting superpowers. If you listen carefully, you can hear the sound of a thousand comment-spammers crying. :) Read more on WP-SpamFree Updated – Version 1.03 Released…

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WP-SpamFree WordPress Comment Spam Plugin Released

PLEASE NOTE: WE NO LONGER DEVELOP OR SUPPORT WP-SPAMFREE. SINCE 2010, IT HAS BEEN MANAGED BY ANOTHER DEVELOPER. THIS INFORMATION IS HERE FOR ARCHIVE PURPOSES ONLY. TRY OUT OUR NEW, MORE ADVANCED ANTI-SPAM PLUGIN, WP-SPAMSHIELD.

Eliminate Blog Comment Spam with WP-SpamFree Plugin!

I’ve developed a powerful new WordPress plugin that is extremely effective in combating blog comment spam. WP-SpamFree virtually eliminates automated comment spam from bots, WITHOUT using CAPTCHA’s or challenge questions. It poses no inconvenience to the site visitor — it just works! Read more on WP-SpamFree WordPress Comment Spam Plugin Released…

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Website Security: Hackers, Botnets, and LIBWWW-PERL: Part 3

Ok, by now, you’ve read Part 1 and Part 2.

Let’s move on.

The Solution: A Few Lines of .Htaccess Code

There is a quick solution that most website owners shouldn’t have any problem implementing.

If the following is not already in your .htaccess file, then insert it near the beginning: Read more on Website Security: Hackers, Botnets, and LIBWWW-PERL: Part 3…

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Website Security: Hackers, Botnets, and LIBWWW-PERL: Part 2

Ok, by now, you’ve read Part 1 so let’s continue.

NOTES ON SECURITY:
Security is about reducing risk, and lowering the statistical probability of a successful attack. You can never eliminate risk fully, and there is no such thing as 100% impenetrable security, even with the best measures in place. By increasing the the level of security for your site or application, you are shrinking the pool of hackers that have the [skill|experience|time|resources|desire] to hack your site. In most criminal acts, it’s about following the path of least resistance — if you increase the difficulty of success (sometimes by even a small margin) then often the hacker will go somewhere else.

Think of other crimes like car theft or breaking into a house. In most cases, if a thief is checking out your car, but discovers that you have a vehicle with all the top security measures, he’ll move on to an easier one. That is, unless he has a specific reason to target your car. There are very purposeful and targeted crimes, but these are much less common than the crimes of least resistance. When hackers break into banking or large corporate web sites, they have a specific target, and incredible amounts of skill and resources. Compared to typical website hacks, the overall percentage of attacks like this is extremely low, because there aren’t many out there who could carry it out. Read more on Website Security: Hackers, Botnets, and LIBWWW-PERL: Part 2…

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Website Security: Hackers, Botnets, and LIBWWW-PERL: Part 1

Take proper security measures to protect your website.Recently, there has been a rash of automated hacker attacks, defacing websites across the globe that don’t employ adequate security measures. Earlier this week, several friends of mine had their sites hacked and defaced. Most of these attacks don’t come from experienced hackers — they come from script kiddies employing automated scripts and a network of compromised computers (botnets). Even though these junior hackers may be inexperienced, they know enough to take down your site, and I don’t need to explain how much that can cost your business in lost revenue.

Don’t worry though, there is a simple solution that will reduce your site’s susceptibility to these attacks, and buy you some time to plug security holes. It’s relatively easy to implement, even if you’re not a security expert. Read more on Website Security: Hackers, Botnets, and LIBWWW-PERL: Part 1…

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Detect User-Agents: Cloak and Dagger for Web Sites – Part 2

“I’ve heard of User-Agents…”

In a previous post, I introduced you to User-Agents. Now let’s find out why you need to detect them, and how. Read more on Detect User-Agents: Cloak and Dagger for Web Sites – Part 2…

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Cyber-Surveillance and Internet Data-Mining

SpyBots Exist. Forget 007; It’s The Age of Double-0-BOT

In case you don’t yet believe it, there are data-mining bots and clandestine cyber-surveillance techniques being used on the internet. (Data-mining is information gathering on a large scale, usually in a short period of time.) There are secret bots out there gathering intelligence and info on you and your web site. Some have good intentions, and some bad. Read more on Cyber-Surveillance and Internet Data-Mining…

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