Setting Up SPAM Prevention in All In One WP Security & Firewall
In this section of the guide to the All In One WP Security & Firewal plugin, we will take a look at setting up Spam Prevention.
Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.
Step 2) On the left-hand sidebar of the Dashboard navigate to WP Security -> SPAM Prevention.
The options for this feature are shown below.
- Comment SPAM
This feature will add a simple captcha field in the WordPress comments form and block all comment requests which do not originate from your domain.
A. Security Points Buttons The Basic button displays the Feature Difficulty.
The 0/20 button displays the Security Points assigned to this. Since no options are selected, the security points are set to 0/20.
B. Enable Captcha On Comment Forms: Place a check mark in this check box if you want to insert a captcha field on the comment forms. C. Security Points Buttons The Basic button displays the Feature Difficulty.
The 0/10 button displays the Security Points assigned to this. Since no options are selected, the security points are set to 0/10.
D. Block Spambots From Posting Comments: Place a check mark in this check box if you want to apply a firewall rule which will block comments originating from spambots.
Once a check mark is placed in each check box, and the Save Settings button is clicked, the security points will be assigned their full value.
- Comment SPAM IP Monitoring
This feature displays a list of the IP addresses of the people or bots who have left SPAM comments on your site. This information can be handy for identifying the most persistent IP addresses or ranges used by spammers.
By inspecting the IP address data coming from spammers you will be in a better position to determine which addresses or address ranges you should block by adding them to your blacklist.
To add one or more of the IP addresses displayed in the table below to your blacklist, simply click the Block link for the individual row or select more than one address using the check boxes and then choose the Block option from the Bulk Actions dropdown list and click the Apply button.
This feature will add a simple math captcha field in the BuddyPress registration form. Adding a captcha field in the registration form is a simple way of greatly reducing SPAM signups from bots without using .htaccess rules.
Place a check mark in the check box and click the Save Settings button to activate this feature.
The next step in the guide will focus on the Scanner feature.