Deadline checker and spam attack!
This morning, in a post about locating broken links, a bad or missing link-finder tool was offered and seconded by a few folks here. The tool is free- deadlink checker dot com.
I copied and pasted the link into a text that I sent via cell phone, to my email. A common occurrence when finding such trinkets.
With a fresh copy, I pasted the deadline checker website into my phone's Firefox browser search bar and opened the website.
In that website, I typed in a domain name, one of mine that is not here at WA, and discovered only 5 items that were amiss. A couple of 404 pages, one is in my footer, an FAQ, yet no page content...oops. A couple others that I'm not sure where I would find them to delete...Google fonts of all things...
About 3 hours later, I began to receive spam email, on an x-rated level. The typical 'come take a look at this' message with a link...NO, I DID NOT OPEN THE LINK...I simply deleted the message...
I was away from my computer and could not access my admin until I returned home around 7pm.
I am in the process of configuring my contact form, yet, they seem to have a hold of it.
I use contact7 and just now configured the honeypot settings. It was recommended to name the tag something clever for the bots, so I named it 'here, kitty, kitty, kitty...'
Maybe, unless they are doggedly and not feline in nature, then I would need a different approach...grin.
This too shall pass, I'm sure. In the meantime, has anyone been hit with spam after using the deadline checker dot com website?