Stopping Spam Comments on my Blog

Internet users are hounded by spam, but what exactly is spam and how does it affect people? Spam is one of the few problems with using the internet to communicate. Because it's a form of mass communication the spammers have an easy job to get their message out there.

Spam simply means unsolicited messages. Although most people think that these messages are always sent through email this isn't actually always the case. Spam can affect any form of electronic communication including text messages on cell phones, and blog comments.


Blogging has taken the internet by storm with almost everyone owning a blog and updating it on a regular basis. Blogs are like online diaries and can be used to keep people informed about what's going on in your life.

The main reason why blogs are so popular is because it's possible to allow people to interact with them. Interaction is wonderful because it keeps people interested and allows them to ask questions.

Leaving Comments

One of the ways to interact on a blog is to leave comments. When you write an entry on your blog people can then leave comments to tell you about what's going on in their life, or discuss anything with you.

This sounds like a great idea and it really is. Lots of people have found long lost friends simply because they found their blogs and left comments.

Comment Spam

The only real problem with the ability to leave comments is that anyone can leave a message. This means that people who aren't your friends can leave comments which have nothing to do with your post or blog. This is a type of spam and can be just as dangerous and annoying as email spam.

There are actually quite a few ways to protect your blog from spam. All of the major blogging platforms including Blogger and WordPress have utilities to protect you from spam.

If you use WordPress then there is a Plug-in called Akismet-it. This will automatically analyze the comments left on your blog to decide whether or not they are considered spam. You are also able to review what it has marked as spam to make sure.

All of the other blog platforms have similar pieces of software and filters to protect against spam.

Your blog might be a bit of fun for you but it's important that you stop it falling victim to spam. If you start getting spam comments on your blog then you need to take action quickly before the problem spreads.

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A person\92s identity can be 'borrowed' for the purpose of creating fictional credit cards or a person\92s entire identity can be usurped to the point where they can have difficulty proving that they really are who they claim to be.

Up to 18% of identity theft victims take as long as four years to realize that their identity has been stolen.

There are many ways to protect your personal identity and many steps you can take to prevent your identity from being stolen:

*Never give out unnecessary personal information
*Never provide bank details or social security numbers over the Internet
*Always remain aware of who is standing behind you when you type in your personal credit codes at ATM machines and at supermarket checkout swipe machines.