This is actually not phpBB - related, but a host situation. There is no way you (or phpBB) can block anyone browsing to you board. If it's truly an attack the the blocking has to be done before the attackers reach the webserver and that's your host's responsibility.
They may not have any experience of phpBB (not that they need to have) but they do (or at least I would hope that they do) have experience of running, setting up and controlling servers.
Filtering them implies identifying them and storing the data in the database, adding them to a special group which doesn't have access or giving them NO access on an individual basis That would be a very time consuming effort with little (and only temporary) result and is only useful for recognisable bots and humans with a fixed IP (easily circumventable).Webmasterks wrote: ↑Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:54 pmThat's what I thought. My host says my board is being overrun and the number of guests seem to confirm that. They say they don't have any knowledge of phpbb so they can't help me.
What can I do to filter out the bots and/or not-real guests from my board? Or do I have to restrict access to registered users only (which would suck big time)?
Wait for the host to come up with a solution?
Anything you do there is at your Board level - the server will still be bombarded.
That's to mimimise bot/spam registrations, and guess what? They're still harassing the server.
This means you'll stop them registering, perhaps viewing anything (basically they'll be banned). But your board will still suffer because the webserver is under attack, and you're using more resources when phpBB has to check the IPs for blacklisting.