Want to Stop Forum Spam? Plug-ins vs. Distil Networks

October 24, 2014 Courtney Brady

If you want to stop forum spam on your site, you might be tempted to just install a plug-in or CAPTCHA alternative and call it a day. While that solution may be relatively quick, the truth of the matter is that it won’t be very effective. Those strategies work some of the time, but that’s probably not what you want if you’re looking to deliver a high-quality, spam-free experience to your users. You need something that works all the time.

That’s where Distil Networks comes in. Our solution prevents spam bots from accessing your site in the first place. Once our solution is in place, forum spam is a thing of the past.

Here’s how our solution measures up to those basic plug-ins and CAPTCHA solutions:

  • More comprehensive – Plug-ins and CAPTCHAs only work to stop spam once the bot has reached your site. By that time, it’s already slowing down your site’s load time, which can have repercussions for your visitors, your analytics data, and even your search rankings. Our solution works to prevent bots from ever seeing a single page of your site, so you – and your visitors – never feel the effects of their presence.
  • More effective – Bots can be programmed to mimic human behavior, and sometimes they can even bypass security measures put in place by plug-ins and CAPTCHAs. Distil, on the other hand, builds a unique fingerprint for every bad bot we come across, and we make sure those bots never get anywhere close to your forums and contact forms. Our systems also learn the user behavior pattern of your visitors to build a typical user profile to which we can compare visitors in order to detect anomalies.
  • Blocks more than just forum spam – While those plug-ins will only stop forum and comment spam, our solution does much more. It can also stop theft bots, click fraud bots, and screen scrapers looking to steal your inventory and pricing data.

Are you looking to stop forum spam on your website? Forget basic plug-ins and CAPTCHAs; choose Distil Networks’ solution. Contact us today to learn more or to get started.  

About the Author

Courtney Brady

Courtney Brady is the Director of Marketing at Distil Networks. She comes to Distil Networks from a variety of start-up companies, routed in SaaS and DaaS solutions. Formerly the global communications manager at multiple companies, Courtney is responsible for developing the company’s marketing strategy and branding campaign.

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