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Anti-Spam Service


no spam, stop spamCleanTalk Anti-Spam is a cloud service protection from spam for websites. CleanTalk uses protection methods that are invisible to site visitors. Connection to the service eliminates the need for Captcha, questions and answers and other methods of protection, that complicate the exchange of information on the website.

The main function of CleanTalk is providing the owners and administrators of websites a reliable tool for protecting your web site against spam and spam bots. Invisible for visitors, simple and convenient for administrators, CleanTalk blocks 99,998% of the spam. Thanks to its capabilities, CleanTalk surpasses analogs in: the accuracy of spam detection, the speed of the plugin, provides a report about the work of the service and the availability of additional option SpamFireWall.

How does it work?

  1. A visitor writes a comment or registers.
  2. CleanTalk plugin sends action parameters in cloud service CleanTalk.
  3. The service analyzes the obtained parameters.
  4. If it's a visitor, then the comment is published. If it's spam bot, then CleanTalk blocks this comment or registering.
  5. The parameters are written to the log, which you can see in the dashboard.

The cost of the license for one website is $8 per year.

The full list of supported CMS with installation instructions is here:

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45 Day Log


Every CleanTalk customer has 7 Day Log by default. It is possible to extend its duration by activating Extra Package for advanced options. It can be done here:

Your Anti-Spam Log stores every blocked and approved record received from your website. It helps to know the full activity of spambots and real visitors 24/7. It's a powerful tool to monitor your website. Anti-Spam Log page:



Blocking Visitors by Country


globeAutomatically block comments, user registration of the countries for which you have set a ban.

How it works?

  • At the moment when the visitor sends a comment or is logged, the form parameters are sent to the server CleanTalk.
  • IP address of the visitor is checked for a ban.
  • If the IP address belongs to the country for which the lock is enabled, the visitor will receive a notification.

This option is useful in cases of protection from manual spam and enhance protection. If your website isn't aimed at an international audience, and you don't expect comments/users from other countries. For example, your website is about fishing in Ireland, then there is no need for comments from Asia or Africa and you can block comment from spam active countries.

Enable the option you can in dashboard CleanTalk -> Black&White lists or use the link

Personal Blacklists


Blocking by country is included in the Extra package, which includes:

  • Keep a history of spam attacks 45 days.
  • Filter posts by stop-word list.
  • Spam filter by country.
  • Editing the server response.



Blocking by Stop-Words


dialogYou can block comments containing "stop words" to enhance spam filtering and blocking messages containing obscene words. You can add a certain word or phrase.

How it works?

For enabling the option, go to the CleanTalk dashboard -> Select the website and go to settings, check the option "Enable checking of messages on stop words" or use the link and click "Save". Comments containing "Stop words" will not be published and will be sent to manual moderation

Use this link to manage stop-words dictionary

Website options

 Stop words dictionary is included in the Extra package, which includes:

  • Keep a history of spam attacks 45 days.
  • Filter posts by stop-word list.
  • Spam filter by country.
  • Editing the server response.



Blocking by Language


Spam spreads not only in English. Many spam messages are written in Chinese, Arabic, Japanese or Korean languages.

If your website isn't aimed for an international audience and you don't expect comments/users in other languages. For example, your website is about fishing in Ireland and you don't want to have comments in Chinese language.

We added new filter to block comment/messages by languages. It allows you to block comments and messages in other languages automatically according to your black list.

At the moment, the Language Filter has the following entries:

  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Japanese
  • Hindi
  • Arabic

This option is useful in cases of manual spam and to enhance your website protection in general.

CleanTalk informs you how to manage your personal black/white lists at the first opportunity. You can view, add and delete filters in your Control Panel: Anti-Spam Dashboard —> Personal Lists or use the direct link: [ ].



Editing the CleanTalk Server Response


serverThis option modifies the default service message about blocked comments/registration to your text. It's necessary in those cases when you need to specify contacts for the administration of the website, if you accidentally blocked a message from the user.

Option can be enabled in the settings of website, in the CleanTalk dashboard -> Select a site and go to settings. Or you can use this link

Website options 2

 Editing the server's response is included in the Extra package, which includes:

  • Keep a history of spam attacks 45 days.
  • Filter posts by stop-word list.
  • Spam filter by country.
  • Editing the server response.



Personal Black and White Lists for the Anti-Spam Service


listAutomatically blocks comments, user registration from your personal blacklist list of IP/email addresses. Option helps to increase the protection from manual spam or block unwanted comments from users.

You can add the record in Black/White lists on the page Anti-Spam statistics in dashboard Just mark the record as "Spam" or "Not spam" and the IP/email will be added to your blacklist or whitelist. If you delete the record, then CleanTalk checks it as usual.

Antispam log



Spam FireWall


firewallAdditional option in anti-spam plugins, blocks access to the web site with spam active IP addresses (Blocks Get and Post requests). Spam bots are blocked before they get access to the website, its prevents the loading of pages of a website spam bots, so your web server doesn't need to run all the scripts on these pages. This can reduce the load on the database and web server.

Spam FireWall is fully compatible with the most popular VPN services. Also, Spam FireWall supports all search engines Google, Bing, Yahoo, Baidu, MSN, Yandex and etc.

How it works?

  • The user visits the website.
  • The data of the HTTP request are checked in a database containing records on more than 5,8 millions IP spambots.
  • If the IP is contained in the database spambots then shown a special page. Nothing happens to legitimate users - protection works invisibly. If the request was from an ordinary visitor, then 3 seconds later, he will be redirected to the website.
  • All information about the process is stored in the database and available in the dashboard.



Spam FireWall can be enabled in the plugin settings. Spam FireWall is available for WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Bitrix, SMF, phpBB, MediaWiki, IPS Community Suite.



Personal Black Lists for SpamFireWall


It allows you to add to the lists SpamFireWall individual IP addresses and subnets. To block attacks with the IP addresses are not yet included in the SFW base. This option can help to block HTTP / HTTPS DDoS attacks, the SQL attacks, brute force attacks and any other attacks that are made through the HTTP / HTTPS.

CleanTalk records all requests blocked SpamFireWall, and you can view statistics in the dashboard.

Spam FireWall and blacklists are free options and included in the cost of anti-spam service.



Website Access Delegation in Your CleanTalk Control Panel


It's possible to share your website in the CleanTalk Control Panel with your webmasters. Activation of Extra Package is required for it. You can activate it here:

There are two types of access rights available — Read and Read+Write. Detailed instruction how to delegate your websites is here:



Checking For Spam in Existing Users And Comments


In CleanTalk Anti-Spam plugin we added the possibility of checking existing users and comments for spam. These features can help to clean website from existing spam. Options are available in plugins for WordPress, Joomla, phpBB 3.1 - 3.2, SMF, IPS. When the spam checking starts the plugin collects next information about users and comments:

- IP address

- email

- Date

Next, the status of IP and email in the CleanTalk database are checked on a date of comment or registration (here some differences are possible with the API methods, which are doing check for all time). All the spam users and comments found will be shown in a list. You can choose records to delete or delete all records.

You can read more here:


Real-Time Email Address Existence Validation

It is very important to be sure that the user used his real email address. Spambots very often use fake email addresses, i.e. which addresses do not exist. Non-existing email addresses also entail several other problems for website owners:


  • You can never contact them by email,
  • The client will never receive any notifications from you (account activation letter, password recovery, email distribution, notifications, etc.),
  • If you use email marketing for your clients, then a large number of nonexistent emails in the mailing list may result in your IP address being added to various blacklists of email servers.


CleanTalk will check email addresses for existence in real time.


Filtering disposable & temporary emails

Block fake and suspicious users with disposable & temporary emails to improve email delivery. So, it also prevents malicious activity, spam bots, and internet trolls.



Automatic Plugin Update


Your CleanTalk Dashboard allows you to select several websites and update the CleanTalk Plugin at once by one click. You can setup auto-update for separate websites as well.

This feature is highly convenient for customers with long list of added websites. It will save you time and effort.


Note: Auto-Update feature is available only for WordPress websites.


You can read more here:



Security & Firewall for WordPress


Security FireWall by CleanTalk will protect your WordPress website against Brute force hacks. The plugin is effective — it doesn't load the server, doesn't enquire the database and doesn't create any tables. It doesn't put anything in ".htaccess" as it could have a negative effect on your website accessibility or block the access to Administrator profile.

The plugin takes optimal delay time between login attempts when a user corrects his credentials and tries to log in again. These seconds are more than enough for a user. If a user didn't make it in time — he can always retry and the delayed time will be nullified.

Every day the plugin sends Security report to your email. The report provides data on the number of incorrect password entries and the IP addresses from which the tried to sign in. Also, Security Audit Log keeps track of actions in the WP Dashboard to let you know what is happening on your blog.

Full list of features of the Security & Firewall Plugin by CleanTalk is here:


You can download Security & Firewall by CleanTalk here:



SSL Certificates


CleanTalk offers you PositiveSSL Certificates to use in your website. It will greatly increase your website security by encrypting transferred data and improve your website in Google Rank System. It's essential technology for every modern website which strives to be better.


More information is here:

What is SSL:

How to install SSL Certificate:

How to switch from HTTP to HTTPS:






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