One of the great things about blogs is that you can share your own opinions on the posts, with comments. They add so much more depth to any blog, especially Art News Blog. But the beauty of allowing anyone to comment also opens the door to people that are out to scam and take advantage of blogs.
Blog spamming or comment spam is done by unscrupulous people trying to promote their products (usually things like pills, viagra, financial services, etc) by linking to their scammy websites. Often it is automated to randomly publish their links on blogs that don’t have spam protection measures in place.
Up until recently I have been quite lucky as I have only had to delete a handful of these spam posts each week, but lately it is just getting out of hand. So I have turned “word verification” on for comments, in an attempt to stop the automated blog spammers.
This just means that if you comment on a post, you will also have to type in the random letters shown for the word verification. You can still comment with your real name, your blogger account, or as anonymous.
It’s a pity that such people exist, but such is life. Unfortunately spams and scams are just a part of being online. I also get more than 200 spam emails per day, but that’s another story! (thank God for Norton’s anti-spam software).
That’s my whine for month!