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How to Get Rid of Spam

Some time ago I received maybe 400-500 spam emails, and another 400-500 spam blog comments every week. That’s almost 1000 spam messages each week. It took me several minutes each day to go through the spam and delete them.

When I got tired this, I started looking for a solutions.

The solution against email spam
I found a simple program inside our webhosting cPanel: SpamAssassin. The configuration was very simple (had to click few buttons) and that was it. After installing the system, I receive only maximum of 1 or 2 spam emails any more (I use mild configuration… because I don’t want to miss anything important) per week. The solution works very nicely.

Important hint: read very carefully on how to install and test the software – and do not get yourself blacklisted with tests.

The solution against blog spam
After solving the email spam, I needed to get rid of blog comment spam as well. I went through several options, and finally ended up using: Spam Karma (WordPress plugin). The system works like a magic – even when I use mild configurations. So far I’ve seen only 3 comment spams (one of them was made manually) getting through within a weeks time.

So far I’m very pleased with the systems: setting them up took maybe 30 minutes, and I’ve already saved several hours of time, which can be used to more productive issues rather than fighting against unsolicited email.

Juuso Hietalahti

4 Comments

  1. I just setup bad behavior on my blog. It seems to be working, although spam still gets through in a trickle. I will wait until tomorrow to see how effective it was.

    I’m also thinking of combining it with Spam Karma 2.

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