We are fast approaching our One Millionth Hit To The System here on BlogDogIt.com so I thought it would be appropriate to discuss our efforts to reduce spam and hacking traffic. These measures have been taken in order to better legitimize the hit-counter so that we might get a feel for the actual human visitors to this site (as opposed to the robotic invaders from outer space.)
I have been using GUS (Geeklog Usage Stats) and Geeklog Ban plugins here since a little before taking our one-half-millionth hit. This system, along with its integral connection to http://whois.domaintools.com/, has allowed the analysis of web traffic and has lead to the identification of cyber-attack sources to this innocent little website. Any particularly persistent brutalizers have been blocked by their specific IP address. As time passes and the list of "bad guys" grows it becomes obvious that an inordinate amount of attacks emanate from within a particular range of IP addresses. When such trends have been discovered, measures have been taken that prevent huge blocks of IP addresses from infiltration.
Ever since instituting the CAPTCHA system on posts and comments the amount of spam making it into the data has all but vanished. There are still some human powered spam submitters but by having all post held for review those are easy enough to find and destroy.
Thanks in no small way to these efforts, I will take pride in knowing that when the hit counter strikes 1,000,000 a very high percentage of those request were made by real live human beings visiting BlogDogIt.com on the off-chance they might find what they were looking for. With any luck they will also discover what they were not necessarily looking for, to wit: This labor of love made available to the masses. That is unless their IP address happens to belong to one of the following blocked ranges of IPs:
The percent sign (%) in the above denotes any matching string.