Information Technology

Becareful of Proxy softwares and Sites

Last week, I was getting a lot of SPAM comments in my blog. There are more than 100 spams a day, each continging nearly a hundred links. This is too much. It cannot pass my spam filter, and as I moderate each and every comment, they all ended up deleted. However, it is really frustrating just to delete hundreds of SPAMs (I actually empty the spam folder in a single click, anyway, it is annoying). I waited patiently to see if the spam count fall down and finally stop. They didn’t. Finally, I got so annoyed that I decided to do something with these spams. Apparently, they all come from the same IP address (two ip addresses). Finally, I install wp-ban wordpress plugin, and had to ban these two ip addresses. Once I installed and set up the ban, the SPAM count dropped to less than 5 a day! I already had Akismat, as well as reCaptcha to prevent automated as well as human spam, but I am not sure those spams from these two ip addresses are automated or by human. Anyway, I don’t see these spams anymore.

However, yesterday, I stumble upon a blog of Thet Htoo and found that he mention about my site being not assessible through proxy software. (See Myanmar Man’s Diary on Thet Htoo’s Blog). He said when trying to see my site using the proxy software usually used in Myanmar to bypass the Myanmar ISP ban, it shows “You are banned“.  Pay pal also banned the proxy. What does that mean? Is it because the proxy software use the same IP address as the spammers? Is it possible that the proxy software is stealing the log in informations? Anyway, it is scarry enough. So next time you use proxy software to bypass the Myanmar ISP ban, becareful of what you put into the fields. Don’t use it to buy things, or enter any credit card informations. Be very careful.

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