April 3rd, 2013 by Lincoln Baxter III

Set up an anti-spam filter for your website with mod_security and fail2ban

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Frequently spammers target products such as wordpress, web forum software, phpMyAdmin, and other common tools used by hobbyist and professional website administrators.

Whether you are hosting your own blog, or running a website for your company or more, it can be difficult to deal with the increasing amount of malicious web traffic seen on a daily basis, while still allowing friendly crawlers such as Google, Yahoo, and MSN search engines.

This harmful and wasteful traffic may damage your system or simply waste its resources, slowing down the site for your more welcome users. If this sounds familiar to you, but your page hits don’t seem to add up, then you may want to consider taking some of the measures outlined below in order to secure your site from harmful hacks and sluggish spam.