When Defensio fails…

Spam FloodFollowing my review of Defensio, Michael Hampton (of Bad Behavior fame) left a comment on the same post assuring that Bad Behavior would run just fine along side Defensio without causing any sort of hiccups for the latter. My thoughts exactly – since Defensio operates more or less on the same principles as that of  Akismet, whereas Bad Behavior’s modus operandi is a bit different.

Instead of filtering spam and diverting them to a hold (quarantine), Bad Behavior entirely denies access to your site to suspicious IPs (the ones from where there are an excessive number of requests within a short period of time). Logically, this shouldn’t hamper Defensio in any way. Michael’s comment had got me wondering if I should enable BB again and today’s incident gave me a hard shove in the same direction.

What happened today? Well… Defensio went for a toss, and that too for a good while (it’s till not back up as I’m writing this post). This is the second downtime I faced ever since I installed it, though I’m not certain of the cause. It may be because of lack of infrastructure to handle such high volumes of network activity or some other temporary server outage. Either ways, what I faced was a massive spam flood – the likes of which I never encountered while using the Akismet + Bad Behavior combination. Luckily, I had comment moderation turned on! End result? Here’s a snapshot of my inbox. See for yourself 😀

When Defensio Fails

Motivation enough to start using Bad Behavior again? I totally think so. Besides, as Michael pointed out earlier, it can’t hurt Defensio in any way other than denying their spam-harvester its share of spam.

Comments
  • Hey, you don’t have Bad Behavior turned on here!

  • Hey, you don’t have Bad Behavior turned on here!

  • I do now 😀

    Silly me.. wrote off a big post about it but forgot to switch it back on!!!

  • I do now 😀

    Silly me.. wrote off a big post about it but forgot to switch it back on!!!

  • One good thing about Defensio though. They’ve got this spam post-processing feature in case their servers fail at any point of time. A small dialog box pops-up saying that x comments could not be processed by Defensio”. Now under such circumstances all these spam comments land up in your comments queue. But you aren’t required to manually go through all of them and weed them out.

    The same dialog contains a Process button – which will run all the comments in the queue through their spam filters once their servers are back up. So all you need to do is wait a while till Defensio gets back to working condition and then hit Process.

    Defensio Spam Post Processing Pop-up Dialog

    Pretty good foresight, I must say!

  • One good thing about Defensio though. They’ve got this spam post-processing feature in case their servers fail at any point of time. A small dialog box pops-up saying that x comments could not be processed by Defensio”. Now under such circumstances all these spam comments land up in your comments queue. But you aren’t required to manually go through all of them and weed them out.

    The same dialog contains a Process button – which will run all the comments in the queue through their spam filters once their servers are back up. So all you need to do is wait a while till Defensio gets back to working condition and then hit Process.

    Defensio Spam Post Processing Pop-up Dialog

    Pretty good foresight, I must say!

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