Tag Archive for 'spam'

Dropbox link being considered Spam?

It seems Dropbox links are now being used for spam purposes. A couple of days ago, I was wondering why Google Apps’ Gmail keeps on rejecting every message I send with a Dropbox link. So I tried to shorten it with is.gd and my message went through. However, today I got the following message while trying to shorten another Dropbox link:

Sorry, the URL you entered may be linked to spamming and is listed either in the SURBL or URIBL lists. To prevent the possibility of using this site to facilitate spam, it has not been added to our database.

Please bear in mind that use of this service for spam purposes is prohibited (see terms and conditions) and any such URLs will be disabled, and misuse reported to the relevant authorities. I wonder if other Dropbox users are experiencing related issues.

Revisiting Akismet and comment spam

After consolidating my email to one account, I discovered that I’m still getting a lot of email from my older blogs regarding new comments on my entries. Comments which are mostly spam. So I tried to check what anti-spam plugins I have installed on those blogs. One still had the now “discontinued” Spam Karma, the other had a very old version of Akismet. The reason why I had Spam Karma on one of my blogs was because Akismet just couldn’t handle all the spam even if my blog is remotely popular. So I updated both blogs to use the latest version of Akismet since I’m satisfied with how it is handling spam on this blog. So far, it’s doing what it’s supposed to do, filter the usual casino and viagra comment/trackback spam. Akismet seems to have improved a lot overall since it’s first incarnation as a plugin packaged with WordPress.