Defensio is a web service owned by Websense, Who works to make social media safer. Defensio 2.0 claims for real-time protection against spams and other threats. Defensio is multi-platform service also available for Facebook and Drupal. In this post i am restricted to WordPress.
What are the features?
Defensio sends comments to its server to check if it is a spam or not. If the spaminess level is above the specified value it will be attributed as percent of “Spaminess” and threat score and delivered to Defensio Spam folder in the WP dashboard, similar to Akismet and typepad-antispam.
The more the percentage of Spaminess will more the chance to be a spam. I have installed it a few days ago and found its percentage of spam detection is good and about 94%+.
They also search for malicious stuffs like this to enhance site security.
You may customize the plugin by opting for category blocking, customize your spaminess level. You can also see the detailed stats on setting page. So it is more customizable than another anti-spam plugin.
Additionally their is an Executable file blocker” and “Script blocker”. This feature is optional and can be enabled from your account.
What will be the cost?
Well, they have better plans compared to Akismet. If have 5 staffs or less and monthly post is below 25000 you do not have to pay a single buck. For the same Akismet charges $5 or more for one month(except no ads personal blog). For 250 employees firm they charges $299 a year.
Although this is a good enough to go for it but it’s not as good as Akismet. But this may be best choice if you don’t want to pay. This service has very less effect on your server, so if you have shared hosting, no problem go for it.
I don’t know why this plugin is least popular. Probably due to unawareness about the plugin. Akismet have chosen it as a rival to them and welcomed them.
I am using this plugin from a few days. So i am still exploring it. Till now I do not found any problem with this plugin and sure you will fall in love also. If I found anything more, will update this post.