Spam Busters!

Last Update: October 09, 2021

This is a very quick post, of only 278 words about a potentially useful plugin for your WordPress site. It'll take you just a couple of minutes to read!

Over time, I've seen many people asking about how to reduce spam from comments and contact forms. The thing is that we can't stop humans from wasting their "oh so valuable" time to create spam. But about 90% of spam comes from auto bots, in my case through my contact form.

A few days ago I got around to looking for a solution and found "WP Armour".

The way "WP Armour" works is that it adds an extra, hidden field to forms it finds on your site. The hidden field, surprise surprise, can't be seen by humans however, it is detected by the bots which then fill it/them out, thereby identifying themselves as nuisance bots.

Nuisance bots are then told to "go away and leave us alone" or similar.

I had been receiving between 10 and 20 spam messages from bots through my contact form most days. The last 3 days have been bot spam-free!

The nuisance bots are now being slapped.

If you want to try out WP Armour you can download it under Plugins in the WordPress dashboard. It is very simple to set up (plug and play) and free! There's a premium version that apparently broadens the spam detection methods: the free version does what I want at this time.

If you have knowledge of other solutions to this problem, please share in the comments.
:-)
Richard

PS. I tested the site load speed before and after implementation. It made no difference to the load time.

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LMH1968 Premium Plus
Thanks for sharing Richard :-)
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richardgb Premium
It's nice to see you here, Lisa. Thanks for commenting.
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Richard
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anusuya1 Premium
Great knowledge for me.
Thank you, Richard.
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richardgb Premium
Thank you Anusuya. I'm very pleased it's useful to you.
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Richard
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Newme202 Premium
That's really great, Richard
A very useful plugin for all
Thank you for sharing
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richardgb Premium
Thank you, Simone. I hope you try it out.
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Richard
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Newme202 Premium
You're welcome
I will let you know if I do
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JKulk1 Premium
Excellent news Richard. I have been using an anti spam plugin on WordPress but it doesn't seem to be working to well lately. I think I'll change over to WP Armour. Can't wait to hear those bots getting slapped. Jim
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richardgb Premium
Excellent, Jim!
Let us know how it goes, please.
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Richard
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1Rudy1 Premium
That's awesome!
I use the Honeypot for Contact 7 plugin and that works in a similar way to the Amour plugin by adding hidden code to dissuade bots from following.

That recent spam issue I wrote about was cleared up instantly, and no slow-down either.

Rudy
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richardgb Premium
Yes, Rudy! For those who don't know ... The Honeypot is a term used to mean the method described of adding a trap that humans can't see but the bots can.
Thanks for that feedback.
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Richard
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1Rudy1 Premium
That is true.

The Honeypot for Contact7 is also the name for the plugin for those who want to use it with their contact form7.

Rudy
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richardgb Premium
Thanks for the heads up Rudy.
Excellent ... so that's another option for people using CF7.

WP Armour works with a long list of forms as follows:

WP FORMS
TOOLSET FORMS
EASY DIGITAL DOWNLOADS
CONTACT FORM 7
FORMIDABLE FORMS
WOOCOMMERCE
GRAVITY FORMS
BB PRESS FORUM
QuForm
NINJA FORMS
WP REGISTRATION
BUDDYPRESS
CALDERA FORMS
WP COMMENTS
MC4WP: Mailchimp for WP

I use WP Forms on my sites.
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Richard
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1Rudy1 Premium
Yes, it is another option. That's quite a list of options for the WP Amour plugin!

Rudy
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richardgb Premium
Hi Rudy
To clarify ... it automatically "attaches itself" to whatever forms it finds and allows the WP Admin to see and test the effect that the bots see. People not logged in as admin simply see the normal forms.
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Richard
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