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by Dan in General about January 14, 2014 open - report

Spammer signups drop significantly

I've tried many thing to squash our spammer signups.

The number one thing that helped was renaming to page   /signup  to something else.

We were experiencing daily spammer signups around 40-80.  After making this change it dropped to less than a dozen or so each week.

We also use spamtrawler, which seems to have benefit.

Anyone else have ideas other than what has already been discussed?

Thanks

Dan

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    by Eugene about January 23, 2014

    It's a good idea to rename signup url. Basically spam bots look for similar urls and similar fields. Though it might lead to issues with redirectds from some 3rd party plugins. They might redirect visitors to non-existen page.

    You might want to check our Honeypot (anti-spam) plugin. It changes signup fields to catch bots.

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    by Sylar Bo about January 16, 2014

    I dont have an answer but another question to this topic Just out of interest: 

    Nick wrote:

    "I've found both captcha and recaptcha as not effective. Invite code works, but it stops a lot of real signups. Banned IP does not work - I've tried this here. Spam bots almost always use new IPs"

     

    So how do big communitys like facebook handle with spam bots? They dont have captchas, verified email setting or invite codes.

     

    Somewhere i've read, that you can ban ip adresses of a whole country in some settings. Is that maybe a possible solution?  Maybe all your spam bots came from the same country ...

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    by Kapil Jain about January 15, 2014

    Hey Dan,

    As Nick mentioned that recaptcha doesn't work at all.

    I think you should use one of the external firewall services like cloudflare or incapsula to protect spams from your site. On our hosting socialfoxhosting.com, we advised all of our clients to signup free account with then initially and upgrade to pro account based on their requirements.

     

    Cheers,

    Kapil

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    by Gaurav Sharma about January 14, 2014

    You can consider to these points for stopping spammers from signup process. 

    use capcha

    verified email setting

    invite code

    banned IP address of spammers.

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    • Nick
      by Nick
      January 15, 2014

      I've found both captcha and recaptcha as not effective. Invite code works, but it stops a lot of real signups. Banned IP does not work - I've tried this here. Spam bots almost always use new IPs

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