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Post by phild » Wed Jun 07, 2006 5:10 pm

Hi,

I have a pretty basic phpBB installed and recently, over these last several months a number of 'web bots' or individuals have been breaking and spamming the forum.

I do use 'visual confirmation' and have no resorted to email confirmations as well.

Is there a more effective way of keeping out unwanted visitors?

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Post by iNfLuX » Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:26 pm

i have a similar problem. i have visual confirmation turned on, yet i'm still getting bot registrations. most of the time, their account is fully activated, but never post/spam the board. sometimes the email address is no good, but mostly they have some crazy website listed in their profile... which i'm assuming is an attempt to boost search engine rankings. what can i do to stop this? it's getting to be an everyday thing and is driving me crazy!

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Post by phild » Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:47 pm

do a search for the "freecap" mod...
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Post by unknown101 » Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:49 pm

I had the same problem. I just deleted the users from the database and they never came back! I know this doesn't cure the problem, but I haven't had any spammers since.
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Post by Marshalrusty » Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:51 pm

Protecting your board from spam/bots
1) Disable guest posting (if you haven't already done so)
2) Update to 2.0.21
3) Enable visual confirmation in the administration panel>configuration (Don't see it?)
4) Set activation to 'user' (in the administration panel>configuration)
5) See this topic: Fight the spam registration bots!
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Post by nycore » Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:58 pm

Marshalrusty wrote: Protecting your board from spam/bots
1) Disable guest posting (if you haven't already done so)
2) Update to 2.0.21
3) Enable visual confirmation in the administration panel>configuration (Don't see it?)
4) Set activation to 'user' (in the administration panel>configuration)
5) See this topic: Fight the spam registration bots!


Is the above better than the freecap mod or will the mod still be needed?

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Post by Marshalrusty » Wed Jun 07, 2006 11:05 pm

Personally I do not like/use the freecap MOD. It basically enhances the visual confirmation (and increases server load).

Instead of installing it, check out #5 from what I posted above.
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Post by espicom » Thu Jun 08, 2006 2:15 am

FREECAP and Better CAPTCHA are independent of the other suggestions. I use FREECAP myself.
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Post by iNfLuX » Thu Jun 08, 2006 5:33 am

thanks for the tips everyone. i sucessfully got a few mods implemented that i think should definitely help, including the freecap mod. it wasn't easy though, a lot of these mod authors need to update their mods!

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Post by nycore » Fri Jun 09, 2006 9:43 pm

WOW, about 30 seconds after I completed the upgrade to 2.0.21 I had a spammer make a post which was identical to the months of spam posts I have been receiving.

Im going to now try to add the freecap mod

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Post by nycore » Sun Jun 11, 2006 12:32 am

I forgot to mention, the majority of spammers are not registering. They are guest spammers. Unfortunately I can not run my website without allowing guests to post so I think I am forced to try the freecap mod at this point.

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Post by Lumpy Burgertushie » Sun Jun 11, 2006 1:25 am

nycore wrote: I forgot to mention, the majority of spammers are not registering. They are guest spammers. Unfortunately I can not run my website without allowing guests to post so I think I am forced to try the freecap mod at this point.


what do you mean you can't run your site without allowing guest posts?

what is the big deal of requiring someone to take two minutes to register.


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