Saudi Arabia: Gratitude for the Spam Filter

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I don’t know exactly how a spam filter really works but I am very appreciative of what it does.  American Bedu blog easily receives in excess of 500 spam comments per day.  Thankfully the spam filter works well.

If I had not set the blog up so that first time commenter’s went into moderation, this blog would be a mess full of spam.

Somehow I envision the internet as these long waterways with many channels going off into differing directions.  Within these waterways are the spam which are like aggressive little sperm swimming by the thousands if not millions into the different channels such as blogs.

American Bedu wishes to give readers a small sampling of what they are thankfully missing:

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I’m certain you also notice a certain theme to the typical spam.  However, what you do not see and will not see is that most of these comments are generally associated with a URL of an inappropriate web site.  In addition, most of these comments seem to be written in response to the ‘Dear Bedu,’ Debate Page or other posts which are non-related to the spam comment.

Ahhhh, the joys of maintaining a blog!

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3 Responses

  1. One one information security mailing list, we used to make up entertaining stories that were based upon what was commonly ensnared in our spam filters.
    Such as enjoying the free all expense paid vacation in the Bahamas, spending our earnings from the Nigerian investment we made, while enjoying our additional performance with our generic, discount Viagra.
    Some stories were quite humorous and quite long, especially those who ran the spam filters for large corporations.

    Indeed, the internet is quite like a long waterway, with many tributaries. Regrettably, spam is rather like people dumping untreated sewage into it from every tributary imaginable.

    As for spam filters, they operate off of word filtering, URL sensing, etc. Most look for known phrases are are common in spammed content.
    I used to have to add in certain phrases to filter out phishing attacks by several foreign information warfare groups, as the intelligence was released on those attacks.
    That typically ate up two hours of every day.
    The regular phishing and spam was usually caught by the commercial patterns that one subscribes to from the content filtering company.
    Wikipedia has an excellent article that is a starting point on filtering in the article on email filtering.

  2. Most of the spam I get on my bird blog is either SEO optimization or cheap knockoff clothing.

  3. Thanks for sparing us the spam. 🙂

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