Spam Master WordPress LogoSpam Master is the professional solution for wordpress spam and online misfitting.
Documentation and instructions below.

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Complete the registration and activate your account, free trial license will be emailed to your registration email.

Spam Master Plugin Menu

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After Installing Spam Master, you can access the plugin on your WordPress left Menu.

We are going to take a quick look at all Spam Master Plugin menu pages. Keep in mind that the most important page with user configurable settings or options is the Spam Master Settings Page.


Spam Master Main Menu Page

This is the first plugin page and is designed to give you an overview over 3 aspects:

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Quick Start, briefly explains all Spam Master plugin pages.
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And, towards the end of the page you will find the Support area. In case of trouble, you can Export Support Data and attach the exported plugin_info.txt file into your support ticket.
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Settings Page

The main plugin settings page where you check your Threat Alert Level, Protection Status, set your License Key and frontend Spam Message.

Threat Alert Level

Automatically displays your website spam & threat alert levels. It’s an easy and interactive way for you to know if your website is being targeted by spammers and the level of intensity or danger of this targeting. The update is done daily and automatically via RBL (real-time blacklist) servers sync. The alert levels range from 0 (low) to 3 (high) intensities. According to each level you may which to implement different strategies using the Protection Tools Page. Below is explained each Alert Level and it’s meaning:

Alert 0

Normal low intensity alert level of spam and threats. Your website is mainly and only being visited by occasional harvester bots, nothing to worry about. No action needed.

Alert 1

Normal low intensity alert level of spam and threats. Your website is mainly being visited by occasional human spammers and harvester bots, nothing to worry about. No action needed.

Alert 2

Medium intensity alert level of spam and threats. Your website is being visited by an abnormally high amount of proxy Ip’s and Spam Master is actively fighting constant attempts of spam and threats by human and machine bots. You should visit your site regularly including Spam Master Settings page to check if your alert level changed. We at TechGasp are probably monitoring your website and if you desire more info about what is going on you may issue a Support Ticket, we will be happy to tell you what is going on even if you have a Free or Trial License.

Alert 3

Warning! High intensity level of spam and threats. Your website is under attack and Spam Master is fighting an array of human spammers and bot networks. You are receiving hundreds of registrations or comments daily by full bad Ip networks and Ip proxies which include known exploit website attempts, flooding and DDoS, SQL injections and brute force attacks. Spam Master automatically locks down your website registrations and comments to keep it safe. You should visit Spam Master Settings page daily to check if your alert level decreased. Alert 3 means that we at TechGasp are personally monitoring your website and if you desire more info about what is going on you may issue a Support Ticket, we will be happy to help you even if you have a Free or Trial License.
Spam Activity Probablilty
In conjunction with the Alert Level, Spam Master advanced detection heuristic analytics will provide you with an approximated percentage of all activity in your website. The percentage can range from 0 to thousands according to the spam activity on your website. The lower the number, the better.

Protection Status

Automatically displays if everything is alright and active with your install. Connects directly to the below field License Status. With a valid trial or full license the protection status should be green and displaying Active Online. Below are a few examples of protection statuses and how to address them:

Active Online

Perfect status. Everything is up and running, no action needed.

Malfunction_1 Active Online

Spam Master is Active & Online but an old version of Spam Master was detected. Please update Spam Master to the latest version. The warning will auto disappear once Spam Master is updated and re-syncs with the RBL servers. Might take up to 24 hours.

Malfunction_2 Active Online

Spam Master is Active & Online but something is wrong with your setup.

  • 1. Make sure to Update Spam Master to the latest version in your plugins administrator page.
  • 2. Make sure you don’t have any other spam, firewall, protection plugins active.
  • 3. If you purchased a full license, make sure you replace your trial license with the purchased full license.

If issue persists, get in touch with TechGasp Support and refer Malfunction_2 so we can help you troubleshot the issue Support Ticket.

In worse unattended cases, Malfunctions_2 can escalate to Malfunctions_3 or Inactive states.

Warning will auto disappear once malfunction is fixed and Spam Master re-syncs with the RBL servers. Might take up to 24 hours.

Malfunction_3 Inactive Offline

Spam Master is Inactive & Offline. You are not protected. Something is seriously wrong.

  • Single full license being used in more than 1 website.
  • Server listed as a spam source
  • Internal error.
  • Intrusion detection.
  • Etc.

Except for the first case where you can upgrade your license to 2 – 5 websites Upgrade License, Malfunctions_3 do not auto fix themselves . You should get in touch with TechGasp Support and refer Malfunction_3 so we can help you troubleshot the issue Support Ticket.

Expired Inactive Offline

Spam Master is Inactive & Offline. You are not protected because your Trial or Full License expired. If you enjoyed the bombastic protection provided by Spam Master you can get a full license, it costs peanuts per year get full license.

Inactive Offline

Spam Master is Inactive & Offline. You are not protected.

  • Is this a first time install? if so, you can get a free 7 days Trial to test Spam Master awesomeness click here. You may only have 1 trial license, if you already tested the trial license, you can get a 1 year Full license, it costs peanuts per year get full license.
  • Do you have a Full License? if so, your license probably turned inactive because you haven’t updated, upgraded Spam Master “for a long time”. Licenses may turn inactive if your installed version is 15 or more versions older than the current version which equals to 5 or 6 months without updating, upgrading Spam Master. You can easily fix this by:
    • 1. Update Spam Master to the latest version in your plugins administrator.
    • 2. Go to Spam Master Settings page, delete your license and insert 99999999. Press Save & Refresh.
    • 3. Now re-insert your original full license and Press Save & Refresh.
    • p.s. Important!!! after the above steps, wait 5 hours and in Spam Master Settings page, Threat Alert Level section, click manual check button to re-activate your license.

License Status

This is where you insert and activate your trial or full license. Paste your license inside “Insert Spam Master License:” field and press Save & Refresh. With a valid trial or full license you should see a green Valid License status.

Get a license:

The “get rbl protection license” button takes you to Spam Master info page where you can buy a full license for your wordpress website. If you have more than 1 website, 1 license per website or domain is required, using the same license for several websites might cause blockage from the rbl servers. Licenses cost peanuts per year. If you need one, get it here get rbl protection license.
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you can start by testing this awesome plugin with a 7 day free trial license. Complete the registration, activate your account and the license will be emailed to you. Free Trial License.

If you bought a full license, it might take a few hours for it to be accepted and replicated on the RBL servers, so be patient.

Edit Registration Message

The registration Message will be displayed on your wordpress website frontend registration page each time Spam Master blocks a registration or comment. Keep it short, simple or even blank. Click Save & Refresh to apply the new Message.


Protection Tools Page

The Protection Tools Page allows you to enhance your WordPress security with optional tools. Firewall, re-CAPTCHA, Honeypot traps, Signatures, Contact Form 7, Woocommerce, etc. Let’s take a quick look at them:

Firewall

Protection Tools Firewall

We recommend the Firewall Activation since it automatically creates a barrier designed to prevent unauthorized or unwanted communications between dangerous hosts and your website. It saves precious bandwidth for real users and blocks misfits and common online HTTP / HTTPS, DDoS, SQL, brute force attacks. Spam Master Firewall also uses a new buffer technology to make these checks lightning fast.

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Integration API

Protection Tools Integrations

These are optional settings. The Integrations API allows the implementation of external protection functions and allows Spam Master to check for Threats and Spam in other wordpress plugins that deal with registrations, comments, email contact forms, etc.

If you are a plugin developer and want your plugin included in Spam Master API, get in touch with us via Support Ticket.

re-CAPTCHA

Re-Captcha adds a captcha code field to the Login Page, Registration page or to all Comments of your WordPress.
Activating re-captcha will automatically eliminate all “bots” or “robots” fake registrations. Make sure you have no other plugins installed that use captcha’s or re-captcha.
Spam Master uses the latest V2 re-Captcha from google and requires a free google api key that you can get in seconds. Get your free google re-captcha key.

re-CAPTCHA Settings

Activate Re-Captcha Registration Page: Check to activate re-captcha verification in your wordpress registration page
Activate Re-Captcha Login Page: Check to activate re-captcha verification in your wordpress login page
Activate Re-Captcha in Comments Page: Check to activate re-captcha verification in your wordpress comments
Re-Captcha API Site Key: Insert your google re-captcha site key. Click above get free google re-captcha key
Re-Captcha API Secret Key: Insert your google re-captcha secret key. Click above get free google re-captcha key
Color Scheme: According to your theme scheme, select light or dark
Activate Re-Captcha Preview: Check to activate re-captcha preview under the checkbox
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Honeypot

Activating Honeypot adds invisible traps for “bots” or “robots in WordPress or Buddypress registration page. “persons” or “humans” will not see these traps, more about honeypot

Honeypot Settings

Activate Honeypot: Check to activate Honeypot traps in your wordpress or buddypress registration page
Honeypot Trap Speed: Checks and sets for how fast the “bots” are trying to submit the registration data. Default is between 3 and 10 seconds. Just insert the number, example 5
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Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 manages multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup.

Contact Form 7 Settings

Activate Contact Form 7: Activating Contact Form 7, Spam Master will pro-active scan the email forms before the email function is triggered keeping your email inbox safe from spam and other threats.

Woocommerce

WooCommerce is an open source e-commerce platform for small to large-sized online merchants using WordPress.

Woocommerce Settings

Activate Woocommerce: Activating Woocommerce, Spam Master will pro-active scan registrations and block spam, exploits and credit card frauds. Download Here.

Comment Options

Protection Tools for Comments

WordPress Native Comment Options

These are native WordPress Comment options that seem to be overlook. It is highly recommended to have them active if your blog is under spam attack.

  • Comment author must fill out name and email. Can not be turned off and is useful to create load / hassle to spamming bots / Humans. It also helps the Spam Master Learning function to detect and stop spam attempts.
  • Users must be registered and logged in to comment. Optional, before commenting users should have registered and activated their account in your blog by passing the registration spam scan. Stops commenting floods or attacks from different Ip’s.
  • Comment must be manually approved. Optional, new comments need to pass the spam check and afterwards need to be approved by a blog administrator before being approved and displayed.
  • Comment author must have a previously approved comment. Optional, cuts down on the number of comments you have to approve. Once the comment passes the spam check and you approve one comment by that author, their future comments will be automatically approved. Heads-Up, approve comments from know safe sources.
  • Remove Website Comment Field. Optional, attempts to remove from wordpress themes the spam tasty website field located in comments form.

Comment Character Options

These options immediately block comments with specific characters and encoding on them.

  • Automatically Block Comments with Russain Characters
  • Automatically Block Comments with Chinese Characters
  • Automatically Block Comments with Asian Characters
  • Automatically Block Comments with Arabic Characters
  • Automatically Block Comments with Spam Characters

Clean-Up

Protection Tools Clean-Up

Activate Comments Clean-Up

Optional setting. Activate Comments Clean-Up will automatically compare your spam buffer threat list with older comments that are Approved or Pending. If match exists, these comments are automatically moved from Approved or Pending to Trash.

Spam Buffer Whitelist and Spam Buffer Clean-up

Spam Buffer Whitelisting excludes spam checks in comments from safe emails or ip’s. It also removes these safe emails and ip’s from your Spam Buffer allowing these users to comment freely.

  • Insert emails or ips from frequent commenter’s that are safe.
  • Important, insert 1 per line and press Save Settings.
  • You can check you wordpress native comments or Spam Master Comments page to get emails and ips.
  • Whitelisting will also delete the email or ip from your spam buffer but not from online RBL Servers. Make sure you remove them.

Spam Buffer Clean-Up

In extreme cases the Clean Spam Buffer button allows you to clean your blog fast memory access of previously detected spam threats but it will not remove entries in online RBL Servers.

Emails & Reporting

Protection Tools Emails & Reporting

These are optional settings. Activating Emails & Reporting adds an extra watchful eye over your WordPress website security. All emails and reports are sent to the administrator email address set in your wordpress Settings, General options page.

  • Activate Alert Level 3 Warning Email. You should have this settings always on, it warns you if your website reached or is at a dangerous level. You can find more info about alert levels in Spam Master Settings page.
  • Activate Daily Report Email. Used for normal alert levels and spam probability percentage. You can find more info about alert levels in Spam Master Settings page.
  • Activate Weekly Report Email. This Weekly detailed email report packs a bunch of your website data to keep you informed.
  • Help Us Improve Spam Master, by sending weekly statistical data, same as your weekly report.

Widgets & Shortcodes

Protection Tools Widgets & Shortcodes

Usually plugins load all their widgets automatically upon install. Experience tells us that many of the Widgets are never used or deployed by users while taking some of the website resources. Here you have full control of which Widgets to use and load, just activate them below.
You will find the activated Widgets in your wordpress widgets page or in the case of dashboard widgets in your website dashboard page. If you feel there’s a cool feature missing or a widget altogether, get in touch with us and we will be happy to add it.

Widgets

  • Heads Up Widget (Visible by Users & Admins). Warns all users that your website is protected against misfitting hence deterring them. It optionally displays SSL Encryption Seal that is useful for sales or commercial websites.
  • Statistics Widget (Visible by Users & Admins).
  • Firewall Status Widget (Visible by Users & Admins). Warns all users that your website is firewall protected against misfitting and optionally displays last 7 days firewall blocks.

Dashboard Widgets

  • Dashboard Status Widget (Visible by Admins).
  • Dashboard Statistics Widget (Visible by Admins).
  • Firewall Status Widget (Visible by Users & Admins).

Shortcodes

  • Threat Protection Total Count. Called in Pages, posts or widgets via shortcode 2,281,406

Signatures

Protection Tools Signatures

This small extra protection tool is a huge deterrent against all forms of human span. Most of the automatic spam bots are already blocked by the licensed RBL Servers and other extra protection tools like Re-Captcha and Honeypot.
Statistics show 1% to 2% of human (real persons) are working spammers. 2% multiplied by millions of humans doing this is a lot. These options are important because these persons trying to spam will know their efforts are in vain, a waist of time.
The signatures are displayed in the login form, registration form, comments form and emails, i.e. registration email.

  • Activate Registration Signature
  • Activate Login Signature
  • Activate Comments Signature
  • Activate Email Signature

Spam Learning

Protection Tools Spam Learning

Spam Learning is a powerful tool to combat spam, your website is automatically connected in real time to spam fighting RBL (real-time blacklist) Servers. In order to function, it needs an active RBL Server license, get rbl protection license.
The normal Status for Spam Learning is green Online.

RBL Servers

Protection Tools RBL Servers

The RBL (real-time blacklist) Servers status should be green OPTIMAL CONNECTION if you have a valid RBL license. You can check detailed statistics of the servers cluster status by clicking the RBL Servers Status button. If you are not connected you can get rbl protection license, it costs peanuts per year.

Firewall Page

This page shows statistical information of successful firewall blocks.

Firewall Graph

Last 7 days graphical information of firewall blocks.

Firewall List

Detailed information list of last 7 days firewall blocks. The list contains a week of blocked data so that your database is “slim” and “trimmed” with fast website page load times.

You can also use Refresh List button to display fresh data and the Export List Button to download the list.
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Registrations Page

This page shows a statistical list of all your website successful spam registrations blocks and approved registrations

Registrations Graph

Last 7 days graphical information of registrations activity.

Registrations Blocked by Spam Master

This table displays all blocked registrations with date and registrations email… be amazed with all the spam being blocked.

The list contains a week of blocked data. Why only a week? simple… in a weeks time you will block thousands of spam attempts. We want to make sure that your database is “slim” and “trimmed” with fast website page load times.

You can also use Refresh List button to display fresh data and the Export List Button to download the list.

Registrations Approved by Spam Master

This table displays registrations considered safe by spam master and includes per user (registration date, user id, user name, user email, user status).

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Comments Page

This page shows statistical information of your wordpress comments activity.

Comments Graph

Last 7 days graphical information of comments activity.

Comments List

Detailed information list of all of your wordpress comments.


Statistics Page

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Total Users displays your wordpress total registered users. Used for statistical purposes to keep a close eye on what’s going on.

Total Firewall Triggers & Registrations Blocked displays how many times Spam Master blocked spam registrations, comments and firewall. It does not count the comments marked as spam done by registered users.

 Total Comments displays your wordpress total number or comments, whatever their status may be.

Total Comments Blocked displays successful spam master comment blocks. Most of the times akismet will clear spam comments from registered users and they get automatically displayed on your website frontend or they get cleared as safe but waiting approval by an administrator. Not to worry, Spam Master rechecks these comments and safely marks then as spam. Use wordpress native comments page to delete these successful spam comments blocks, this number will reflect those changes.

Total comments Approved displays your wordpress total number of approved comments.

Total Comments Pending displays your wordpress total number of pending comments.

Total Comments Trashed displays your wordpress total number of trashed comments.

Protected Against “number” of Threats.

Spam Learning should be green and Online. It means you are actively combating spam by relaying registration data to the RBL servers for analysis. Be proud to be an WordPress Anti-Spam enforcer!

Firewall should be green and Online.

Primary RBL Server Cluster displays the status of the scan servers. The Status will only turn green with an active Full Protection license key. If you selected Free Protection you will not be able to connected to them.

Secondary RBL Server Cluster. Same as Primary Cluster.

How to Install, Update Spam Master

Use WordPress install and update features located on your wordpress plugin administrator page.

WordPress Multisites

Activate the plugin per wordpress sub-site basis and do not Network Activate the plugin.
Insert Licenses per sub-site basis. The main or base blog site needs the plugin active and with an Active Valid license inserted.