Blackhole by flydev 👊🏻

Trap bad bots, crawlers and spiders in a virtual black hole.

Presentation

Originaly developped by Jeff Starr, Blackhole is a security plugin which trap bad bots, crawlers and spiders in a virtual black hole.

Once the bots (or any virtual user!) visit the black hole page, they are blocked and denied access for your entire site.

This helps to keep nonsense spammers, scrapers, scanners, and other malicious hacking tools away from your site, so you can save precious server resources and bandwith for your good visitors.

How It Works

You add a rule to your robots.txt that instructs bots to stay away. Good bots will obey the rule, but bad bots will ignore it and follow the link... right into the black hole trap. Once trapped, bad bots are blocked and denied access to your entire site.

The main benefits of Blackhole include:

Stops leeches, scanners, and spammers
Saves server resources for humans and good bots
Improves traffic quality and overall site security

Bots have one chance to obey your site’s robots.txt rules. Failure to comply results in immediate banishment.

Features

Disable Blackhole for logged in users
Optionally redirect all logged-in users
Send alert email message
Customize email message
Choose a custom warning message for bad bots
Show a WHOIS Lookup informations
Choose a custom blocked message for bad bots
Choose a custom HTTP Status Code for blocked bots
Choose which bots are whitelisted or not

Instructions

  1. Install the module
  2. Create a new page and assign to this page the template "blackhole"
  3. Create a new template file "blackhole.php" and call the module $modules->get('Blackhole')->blackhole();
  4. Add the rule to your robot.txt
  5. Call the module from your home.php template $modules->get('Blackhole')->blackhole();

Bye bye bad bots!

Downloads

Enjoy :neckbeard:

Install and use modules at your own risk. Always have a site and database backup before installing new modules.

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