Honeypot Your Blog

Honeypot Trap for WordPress.com and Blogger

honeypotProject Honeypot is a Spammer, Hacker and  Mail Harvester monitoring service intended to find and list IP addresses used by people with malicious intentions. Project Honeypot is free to join and provides bloggers with a means to identify these types of visitors.Use the database to check IP addresses for threat level and type of threat, join the movement by installing a honeypot trap on your own sites and blogs, report spambots and other ill-intentioned visitors…

Users of WordPress.com and Blogger.com cannot set-up a hosted honeypot trap as we don’t have access to the server, however we can use a quicklink to assist Project Honeypot in collecting data about spambots and automated dictionary attackers etc.

Using the honeypot trap will not interfere with your normal comment system, it is solely to catch the bots used by spammers. It will also not prevent bots spamming your own comment forms – that’s for Akismet or however else you choose to limit Spam.

Sign-up with Project Honeypot

The first thing to do is sign up with Project Honeypot (Even if you don’t want to use the quicklink or create a honeypot trap, the IP checking tool is useful on its own).

Once you have a registered profile, you can use the “quicklink” to get a link to add to your blog.

Clicking the link directs you to a Terms and Conditions page notifying visitors their IP address is being recorded and other terms and conditions of use relating to bots and non-human visitors. However, this page is more than a statement of terms of use; it contains hidden code a spambot will see as a web form and will try to complete and submit the form. The actions taken by a bot will identify it as a spammer or mail harvester.

Add Honeypot Quicklink to WordPress.com Blog

The quicklink should be added in a way it is used on every page of your blog. Add the quicklink to a text widget in a sidebar or footer and save it.

You want your quicklink visible to bots, but not to human visitors. No problem, Project Honeypot provides suitable code to hide the link using. After creating the quicklink you will be directed to a page to test the link, and several options to use the quicklink. The version added to this blog uses CSS markup – div style=”display: none;”

Other options include using tiny 1×1 pixel transparent gif images (known to HTML coders as spacer.gif – used in the past as placeholders for layout) and other CSS markup.

Use for all your blogs:

Only a single quicklink is needed. The same quicklink is used for all your blogs, WordPress.com or Blogger.com – in fact you must and can only have one quicklink tied to your Project Honeypot account.

Project Honeypot Statistics (26 Feb 2012)

The following list is a summary of addresses monitored and statistics captured up to the time of posting this article.
  • Trap Addresses Monitored: 78,559,806
  • Trap Monitoring Capability: 594,425,000,000
  • Spam Servers Identified: 91,312,304
  • IPs Monitored: 103,834,934
  • Harvesters Identified: 127,957
  • Dictionary Attackers: 19,416,928
  • Comment Spammers: 465,790
  • Search Engines: 319,502
  • Rule Breakers: 4,203
  • Bad Web Hosts: 114,376

Why not join Project Honeypot and do your bit to make life harder for black hat SEO’s, comment spammers, website hackers and their ilk. It’s FREE to join.


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Posted on February 26, 2012, in Spam and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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