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Forum Spammers

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Offline Wado

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Re: Forum Spammers
« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2008, 05:10:43 PM »
I have forum for my office that is overrun with spammers to the point it is useless, seems endless and we keep deleting them but some how they come back, I have to approve them and they still get on without approval....if I can help let me know.....

Make sure your forum software is the most up-to-date with patches.  Some spam bots utilize security holes fixed by later versions of the software.

I would think that locking down the forum to only allow registered users to post messages would cut down on a majority of new spammers.  I have a forum I moderate and I found the vast majority of spammers create new accounts but never finish the registration process (email confirmation).  I just delete accounts that don't complete the registration process within one day.

Now the ones that do actually register and confirm their account via email, and then turn out to be spammers.  If I catch them I ban their IP and email... I might ban an entire IP range that is known to be used by that user and an entire email range... such as *.mail.com is all banned.

Some forums have a setting that do not allow new users to post a message for at least 24 hours from registration... haven't tried that but it might help.

Professor Bono, if this forum is only used by a few people in office and maybe from their homes... you might be able to ban all IP addresses except the IP range used by your office(s).  Those that go from home you can exclude from banning by having them provide their IP and ISP so you can exclude that IP range.  This of course is a very drastic approach and is too exclusive to work for most.
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Offline John Bishop

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Re: Forum Spammers
« Reply #16 on: January 17, 2008, 05:17:19 PM »
It would be next to impossible to do, since a large number of members use Hotmail, Yahoo, and Gmail.  In fact I wouldn't be surprised if Hotmail and Yahoo were the most popular email providers, along with AOL.

It's time consuming, but between Sibak Rob and myself we've had good luck weeding out the spammers. 

 
 
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Re: Forum Spammers
« Reply #17 on: January 17, 2008, 05:17:31 PM »
One method of cutting down on these is to not allow anyone to register from anonymous type email addresses. Most of the forum software these days gives you the ability to filter out people that register using gmail, yahoo, hotmail type accounts. Legit ISPs will delete accounts with spam issues very quickly.

I've seen an increase in spammers using @gmail.com addresses but for the most part, IME, hotmail.com, gmail.com, yahoo.com and one's like this have the least amount of spammers because you can report them quickly as spammers to the abuse email addresses for each.

It is the addresses like @xmail.com, @mail.com, etc. that seem to have the spambots.  Now I see bots using addresses like @yahoo.fr, @hotmail.net... etc.  These addresses I would not allow for emails.
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Re: Forum Spammers
« Reply #18 on: January 17, 2008, 05:30:55 PM »
Okay, first thanks for the great job you guys are doing to keep spammers off. Not since the porno guy from last year (I think) have I seen any spams get through.

Too, thanks for the good info. I have a forum I put up to in conjunction with my book. I started it and left it alone for a little more then a month cause I just had a bunch of things to do. Went back and the site had xxxs and pornos from all over. Mind you, this is supposed to be a safe place for survivors of sexual abuse. Went in, removed the posts, banned everybody on there and shut it down until I can properly supervise it. Lesson learned.

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Re: Forum Spammers
« Reply #19 on: January 17, 2008, 06:50:26 PM »
That would suck because I use Hotmail, i like web base email because it doesn't tkae up hard drive space and other advantages

Gasp! What would the site be like without us!?
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Re: Forum Spammers
« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2008, 07:22:10 PM »
You guys do really do a great job it has been rare I have been spammed from this forum....
the one I have is for patients and they have to be approved but it doesn't stop them.....
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Re: Forum Spammers
« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2008, 12:35:23 AM »
One method of cutting down on these is to not allow anyone to register from anonymous type email addresses. Most of the forum software these days gives you the ability to filter out people that register using gmail, yahoo, hotmail type accounts. Legit ISPs will delete accounts with spam issues very quickly.

My above suggestion,
1. Would not effect current members, only new members trying to register with those email addresses.
2. You can set up an autoreply and require them to email you to register them and better authenticate the addressee.

Just sayin,
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Re: Forum Spammers
« Reply #22 on: February 10, 2008, 07:12:26 PM »
One method of cutting down on these is to not allow anyone to register from anonymous type email addresses. Most of the forum software these days gives you the ability to filter out people that register using gmail, yahoo, hotmail type accounts. Legit ISPs will delete accounts with spam issues very quickly.

My above suggestion,
1. Would not effect current members, only new members trying to register with those email addresses.
2. You can set up an autoreply and require them to email you to register them and better authenticate the addressee.

Just sayin,
I do that already.
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