Blackhole Pro

TRAP BAD BOTS IN A VIRTUAL BLACKHOLE
Version: 2.8
Updated: 9 April 2021
Status: Activated
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FEATURES

Developed by 10-year WP astronaut Jeff Starr, Blackhole Pro is a WordPress security plugin that automatically detects and traps bad bots in a virtual blackhole, where they are blocked from your site.Bad bots are the worst. They do all sorts of nasty stuff and waste server resources. Blackhole Pro helps to stop bad bots and save server resources for legit visitors. In the words of Admiral Ackbar:

“It’s a Trap!”

BYE BYE BAD BOTS..

Blackhole Pro adds a hidden link to your pages. 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 blackhole trap. Once trapped, bad bots are blocked and denied further access to your entire site. Benefits include:

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

FULL CONTROL

  • Customize just about everything:
  • Threshold level
  • Email alerts
  • Warning message
  • Blocked message
  • Blackhole trigger link
  • Custom redirects
  • HTTP Status codes

COMPLETE INLINE DOCS

Get complete information with a click:

  • Documentation on every screen
  • Easy to access from the Help tab
  • Get complete infos, tips, and more
  • Keeps plugin pages nice and tidy

BAD BOT LOG

Full-featured UI for managing blocked bots:

  • Complete bot data: IP, request, user agent, etc.
  • Filterable search, custom sorting, paged results
  • Automatic Geo/IP location lookups for each bot
  • Displays total number of blocked hits
  • Delete selected bots with a click
  • Add bots manually via IP address

EMAIL ALERTS

Stay aware with Blackhole email alerts:

  • Choose from several types of alerts
  • Alerts include IP and complete Whois Lookup
  • Receive an email alert for each blocked bot
  • Customize the email template with shortcodes
  • Set adresses for both “To” and “From” headers

CUSTOMIZE THE BLACKHOLE

Customize how your site responds to bad bots:

  • Choose the Warning Message or create your own
  • Choose the Blocked Message or create your own
  • Choose a custom URL to redirect blocked bots
  • Exclude the trigger link on any post or page
  • Customize the Blackhole trigger link

WHITELIST GOOD BOTS

Advanced control over whitelisted (allowed) bots:

  • Popular search engines always allowed access
  • Choose a custom URL for whitelisted bots
  • Whitelist good bots by User Agent
  • Whitelist good bots by IP Address
  • Whitelist entire ranges of IPs
  • New! Blacklist bots based on user agent

MORE FEATURES

Blackhole Pro is meticulously crafted:

  • Built with the WP API
  • Works with other security plugins
  • Protects automatically, silently
  • Automatic honeypot spider trap
  • Developed for optimal performance
  • One-click restore default plugin options
  • Records number of times each bot is blocked
  • Set how many warnings before bots are blocked
  • Auto-import data from free version of Blackhole