How do I stop 163.com from continually loading bogus members to my Health Promotion Registered Charity website?

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How do I stop 163.com from continually loading bogus members to my Health Promotion Registered Charity website?

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Every night...

I am deleting these 163.com bogus members from my Patient's Forum website.

We are a rare blood cancers leukaemia group of terminal patients and these bogus members are driving me insane...

Please tell me there is a better way to rid myself of them once and for all... please...

Thank yiu for any & all assists...

Steven

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I assume you mean that's an email suffix they're using. You can add *@163.com to the email ban list in users and groups.

But it also sounds like your antispam isn't very effective.

Use the Q&A antispam with a question that you cannot search the answer to. Something specific about your site logo or name is often good.
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Hi KevC...

Thanks so much for your reply... and Yes... as you rightly detect... I am not so web savvy as most here...

I am really just a Leukaemia patient who has learned how to manage a WordPress Website, with a little help along the way etc...

Yes, it is an email suffix @163.com. i have gleaned that 163.com is a Chinese based website that is mainly there for gamers... etc..

Why they even bother to hack this site is really beyond me?

In any event, there are others too.. That they have all been manageable to date... However, the 163.com people are loading up in large numbers every night now...

KevC...

Sorry to say that I do not really follow your advice very well...

Could you please explain a little more about 'What AntiSpammers' I should try to use and how? So that I might work my through all of this eventually?

All assistance is most gratefully acknowledged and accepted of course...

Kind regards

Steven

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Just to get correct terminology, they're not hacking it. They're registering just like anyone else would. They merely want to spam their own site for backlinks.

To stop bots registering you can use the built in antispam measures (explained below). This sets a question that bots normally are unable to correctly interpret and so their registration fails.

How to configure Q&A
  1. Administration Control Panel (ACP) > Spambot countermeasures> Installed plugins > click the dropdown box and select Q&A (it will be greyed out)
  2. Click the configure button then click add
  3. Add your question and answer (you need a Q&A for each language you have installed) click submit
  4. Click "back to previous page" then click "back"
  5. Select Q&A from the dropdown box (again)
  6. Click submit at the bottom of the page.
  7. Done.
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Socrates1 wrote:
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You say it is a WordPress site but does it also have a phpBB board?
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Thanks... KevC

I'll give it a try...

Hopefully, I have followed your instructions correctly...

Please accept my thanks...

Kind regards

Steven

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I can help you secure the living hell out of your site if you want. I'd block all of China from the jump with a combination of CloudFlare and the CIDRAM script.

I'm not code orientated or any of that, but I know a few things about security and spam prevention. You can also read what I have in my signature below.

I have a Threema and Wire account if you would like to chat. Just send me a PM. I will not use Whatsapp or Telegram, etc.

There are a couple extensions you can use as well.

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Thanks I really appreciate the offer...

However, if what KevC has suggested I will be happy enough... for now I guess.. :D

Cheers in any event

Steven

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At one point I had over 1000 visitors from China. I completely blocked China by installing the Filter by Country extension, AND by generating a block country by IP list, and adding it to my .htaccess file in my ROOT.

Bam, No more advertisements for Metal Detectors, And Knock off Nike shoes...
If you don't speak Chinese, and don't mind anybody from China not being able to register.... :D
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Using your htaccess to block IP addresses is NOT the way to go. This will not only help to slow your website down, but you may in fact start to see errors in your cPanel error log. It's best to do it on a PHP scale and not the htaccess method.On the PHP front there is an extension here that can block whole countries. I have no need for this extension since I use CIDRAM and CloudFlare, so I don't know how good it is and if it will be maintained for the foreseeable future. With something like CIDRAM and CloudFlare, those WILL be maintained for the foreseeable future. At least CloudFlare will unless something happens beyond all reason and CloudFlare folds. Or Caleb, the script author of CIDRAM and friend of mine gets hit by a bus one day. Though, there are other people who can maintain CIDRAM and places that CIDRAM is hosted from as a contingency that Caleb thought of well in advance.

At any rate. I have only had to report a grand total of four, just four spammers in the five years I had a forum to the Stop Forum Spam database which is where I report any and all spam, and at that, those spam posts never saw the light of day due to moderation queue. I do in fact run a very, VERY tight ship. Both with my websites and computers at home. And I'm here to say a little paranoia never hurt anyone unless it's someone who likes to be a nag and ridicule you for being a little paranoid.

Due note that if you use CIDRAM it can be used via the hook method in htaccess and in WordPress there's the CIDRAM plug-in which would be a lot easier to deploy.


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If you don't speak Chinese, and don't mind anybody from China not being able to register.... :D

I block most of all Asia and the middle east since I have no use for them at all. That includes spam haven Pakistan. :lol: Oh well...

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Useful discussion. Can someone please provide the name of the extension for blocking by country as the alternative to doing it via .htaccess?

I use a plugin called IP Country Blocks on a WordPress site and it works excellently. It employs the MaxMind database, which updates regularly, which is great. Previously, I had been looking for something similar for phpBB. Didn’t know that it exists.

Also, would you install both the Q&A plugin from ACP and something like the Sortable Captchas extension or is one enough? I’m guessing the sortable captchas extension on its own would be enough to keep bots out.

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CGI1984 wrote:
Tue Mar 10, 2020 6:24 am
Also, would you install both the Q&A plugin from ACP and something like the Sortable Captchas extension or is one enough? I’m guessing the sortable captchas extension on its own would be enough to keep bots out.
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Wouldn't the GD Image be enough?

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No the GD image CAPTCHA was thwarted years ago and, I would say, is practically useless today. The Q&A is perfectly adequate when properly set up for the majority of cases.

@all: The OP has indicated he’s happy with the answer he has for now, there’s no need for another drawn out discussion on spam prevention.
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Hey guys... :D

Well 24hrs later... So far so good...

Hopefully this solution will suffice...

Once again thank you to all of you for your support and assistance we are most grateful, (meaning all of us patients involved with our Foundation's committee etc...)

Thank you all so much.

Best regards

Steven

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