There are times when I look at different parts of my blog and I’m boggled.
Going behind the scenes of WordPress is pretty solid. With stats, and the ability to change so many things and everything else, it’s pretty impressive.
Sometimes, though, I see things that I’ve never seen before and usually, it’s pretty cool. It happened again to me the other day.
Here are the items that caught my eye:
100,830 Blocked malicious login attempts
1,240,724 Spam comments blocked by Akismet.
I know I get a lot of spam as I am constantly clearing the spam folder. There’s nearly 2,000 “comments” in there at this moment, so it’s probably a good time to re-visit the “spam” posts I sometimes do. So, over the time I’ve used Akismet, it doesn’t shock me that many have been blocked.
But damn. More than 1.2 million spam comments!
The one that blew my mind was the other number. More than 100,000 attempts at a malicious login to my blog? Really?
What could I possibly have that somebody would want to hack and get to?
I’m sure not all of these are real people per say, rather than something trying to log in via a bot or something, but still … more than 100,000?
What do they expect to find?
The numbers really are mind boggling. I had an old website I checked on recently (in conjunction with my move from one webhost to another) and was amazed at how many spam comments were there (and, apparently, approved because I hadn’t set up anything to filter them … so thousands of comments made it through) and how stupid they were.
Over and over these spam comments attempt to get through.
Back in the day, I used to try and look each day, in case a real comment somehow got flagged. It happens as I remember saving a few but at the rate these spam comments come anymore, it’s hard to do that. When you get upward of 100 or more in a day, it’s hard to go through each one to see if there’s one real comment in there (and it’s rare).
Years ago, I ran a message board. It was fun and we had a small group who were active. But over time, it became a chore to find out if a person signing up was real or not, and then having to delete and moderate so many comments. I used to love message boards, but I started fading away from them because of the spam.
Thankfully, things such as Akismet have helped me not have to moderate hundreds and, as it turns out, more than a million comments!
The numbers, though, are fascinating to look at. I’ll have to see what they are at in a few months.