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How do spambots work?

I have a forum that's getting hit a lot by forum spambots, and of course the best way to defeat something is to know thy enemy. I'll worry about defeating those spambots later, but right now I'd like ...
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How to send mass email and not get treated as spam

I have a very important announcement to send the more than 300k members of my website. I already have email sending software but they result in spam. So I want to improve my chances of reaching my ...
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Removing Spam Links from Google Index

Last week a site I help administer was compromised. A confluence of events (move to new hosting, brand new web application released, etc.) makes it difficult to track down why it happened, but ...
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Is it okay to block all user agents that start with “PHP/5.”?

I'm getting a lot of spambots from China (and elsewhere, likely botnets) accessing my blog which have a user agent string starting with PHP/5.. These include such nonsense values as PHP/5.3.70 and ...
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Securing a server against DDoS like spam runs

Periodically my server gets hammered so hard by automated comment spam runs against my blogs that the server goes down and I have to annoy my provider to get a power cycle if I don't see it happening ...
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Scraped content from my website posted on Blogspot is outranking my site and causing Google penalty

I noticed that starting from October the organic traffic is very low on my website. I searched on Google for some text phrases from my website and I noticed that there is a Blogspot website, a blog ...
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Gmail is blocking my emails sent to them

I believe I got blocked for sending too many emails to one address by gmail. I have an application I made and I had email notifications on. It was sending a lot of notifications recently. I have since ...
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Use @ or (at) when displaying email addresses to users?

I have was wondering if it is better to use @ or at in contact page when I'm displaying emails. I've seen in many websites that when they display a email, it looks like name(at)example.com but it ...
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Why is a contact form getting spammed even after adding captcha?

A client was getting a lot of spam from a form on their site. I added Captcha and changed the form fields and form recipient email address, but the client is still receiving spam from the server, with ...
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Website visitors with same PHP session ID, same cookies, but different IPs and user agents, all within one second. What are they and how to stop them?

We've noticed an unusual and growing pattern in visits to our website. When a user visits, we set a PHP session ID, set cookies, and record the user agent and ip. What we've seen happening a lot ...
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When to use an external e-mail service? (MailChimp, MailGun etc)

Noob alert. I've been reading about the big deal that sending massive campaigns is, in terms of not getting banned, warming up IP's and so on. The thing is that I have a site that deals with a few ...
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How to avoid getting spam through a website?

We seem to be getting A LOT of email spam, we have a combination of the email addresses as mailto links and contact forms that send to the same address. What measures can we put in place that will ...
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How spam comment affect my blog and website rank?

I have already read many articles on how I can detect spam comments and prevent spamming. But still I'm not satisfying with it, I just want to know how a spam comment can affect my blog and website ...
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Mass deletion of spam revisions in Mediawiki

Basically my 'private' mediawiki instance was about as secure as a toddlers piggybank. I've tightened it up now, but am left with about a hundred or so new pages and revisions generated by hundreds of ...
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Emails from a previously blacklisted URL keep getting bounced even after site has been cleared

Our clients site got infected and was blacklisted. We spent weeks fixing and clearing up the site and got it completely removed from all lists. The site is now squeaky clean as of a few weeks ago but ...
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My website's email is being marked as spam, how do I analyse a X-CNFS-Analysis email header?

My website is sending out email that RackSpace email is marking as spam. I'm trying to figure out why the email is being marked as spam and what I can do about it. The most interesting header that ...
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Spam links injected into GWT's Structured Data Testing Tool?

When I examine one of my self-hosted WordPress sites using the Structured Data Testing Tool of Google Webmaster Tools, I was shocked to see links to 2 spam sites inside the "HTML" tab! However, when ...
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Bingbot requests from Google IP address

We have some suspicious requests to our server, 74.125.186.46 - - [24/Aug/2014:23:24:11 -0500] "GET <url> HTTP/1.1" 200 16912 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; bingbot/2.0; ...
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How to batch remove spamming users and pages they created on MediaWiki?

I'm trying to clean up a MediaWiki instance which has been subjected to spamming and vandalism for a period of time. The current status is that there are a large number of users which only created ...
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My shared hosting account is sending spam emails

My webhost has deactivated my shared hosting account, since it was sending spam emails through my domain. I have all unrouted mail such as mailto:aasdasd@domain.com set to be forwarded to a specific ...
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How can I block traffic from this referrer?

I'm getting a lot of spam referral traffic from semalt.semalt.com/referral on my website. I took a look at the link and there’s very little information about this. The number of website visits is ...
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Piwik visitor log spam

I use Piwik to track people visiting my website. Unfortunately a lot of the visitors that appear in the visitor log are not real people but spam bots. Normally, these bots use a provider from a ...
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I keep getting blacklisted.

I have just purchased a VPS with Centos 6 and I have installed ZPanel on it. I have created a mailbox and everything seemed to work perfectly for a few days however, suddenly my mail stopped working. ...
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Error Log shows nosy visitors trying to access various admin pages

After experiencing a very high amount of hits on my 404 page, I've started monitoring my website's Error Log. There I've found that through-out the day, there are several attempts at accessing admin ...
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So I just got a Pottery Barn email that required I call the store to be removed [closed]

About a year ago, I bought a Pottery Barn Kids gift for my nephew's baby shower and last night, I got a marketing email in my box. I hadn't seen this technique before. As far as I know, it doesn't ...
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Use of list-unsubscribe to improve inbox delivery

To overcome email being classified as spam by Gmail, Google recommends a number of steps, which we have implemented (namely SPF, DKIM, and Precedence: bulk). One additional measure they recommend at ...
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Sending low volumes of HTML email from my web app [closed]

Using AngularJS and Firebase I am developing a small scale social-type web app (max. hundreds of users) that features an invite system, where existing users invite people they know and the system ...
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How to get ip-address out of SPAMHAUS blacklist?

I frequently read that it is possible to remove individual ip-addresses from SPAMHAUS blacklisting. OK. Here is 91.205.43.252 (91.205.43.251 - 91.205.43.253) used by back3.stopspamers.com ...
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what should I do if I cannot find a person who asks to unsubscribe in my mailing list?

One of our customers asks us to send out marketing mail. We manage their subscriber list in Microsoft Dynamics CRM and use a remote desktop tool to send the mails through their network via the ...
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I've noticed a bizarre (malicious?) behavior in my website logs

My website logs spit out "invalid content" messages -- they typically occur when someone types in a wrong hyperlink or a page has mistakenly changed URLs. Lately (about 20 times per day) I've been ...
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Possible automated Bing Ads fraud?

I run a website that generates life insurance leads. The site is very simple a) there is a form for capturing the user's details, life insurance requirements etc b) A quote comparison feature We ...
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Google Analytics - Identifying Bots

I've noticed over the last few days a massive increase in visitors, The thing is that it seems like a bot: Mozilla compatible user agent average 0 minutes 100% bounces Is there a way to find out ...
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Issue with Godaddy DNS manager

I'm using domains.live.com to setup an email to a domain registered on Godaddy. The domains.live.com configuration page says: Godaddy's DNS manager isn't accepting this string Value: v=spf1 ...
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Domain blocked in spamhaus

I registered a domain with bigrock.in a week ago. During my website's development phase, I sent several mails using PHPMailer to test Gmail accounts. The HTML message body contained a link to my ...
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How to block a spam bot .htaccess proper formatting?

I have downloaded my access log file from my cPanel and found I have a bot I would like to stop. In the access log, there User-Agent string reads the following; 88.80.205.219 - - ...
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Spam problem through cPanel

On a new website, I publicly display an email address, contact@domain.com. Then I set up an email forwarder in my hostmonster cPanel, so that if the public email address ever became spam ridden then ...
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Gif image in newsletter and the risk of spam

I am wondering if you find it risky to use a moving gif image in a newsletter. We have a mail list about 700k of people and the percentage of Outlook is still high. In a test we did the newsletter ...
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How can I prevent my mail from being classified as spam?

My company sometimes send mail, but it usually goes to "spam" folder in gmail. The email includes only a few sentences, without any links or images. Just plain text. How can I fix this? (Notice that I ...
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Website hacked and suspended for spam, effect on SEO

I had my website on first 5 positions on google for 3 main keywords. Because of some poorly written forms my website was suspended by my host because of SPAM for 3 days. Now the position of my ...
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Do spam bots load the DOM?

I have an issue where a form on my site is getting spammed. The form is actually a copy paste job from a CRM, so I cannot access any of the server side script to make a good human checker. In the ...
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Chinese bots in my forum

I have a small community forum that doesn't really get posts or any real traffic. The only thing that happens on the regular is bots with Chinese IPs signing up gibberish usernames. Most bots don't ...
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Reduce likelihood of Mailchimp email campaign going to Spam

The company I work for sends a marketing email at least one time per week using Mailchimp's email service. All of our subscribers are opt-in active customers and our emails are not spammy. There is ...
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Same or different domain for system emails and company emails?

We have a website (Drupal) that provides daily email alerts to about 350 members who have opted in to receive these. In the past we have had small issues with some of our daily alerts being flagged as ...
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Email sent via Google via relayhost being marked as spam [closed]

Company email hosted by Google Apps. Company PBX in-house is Elastix. All voicemails received on the extensions of Elastix are supposed to be emailed by the CentOS server (Postfix) to the email ...
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Should we date our e-mail addresses

I have a website I'm administering for a volunteer organization that has a big staff turn over (annually - the team working in 2014 is almost completely different from the team for 2013 as the team ...
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Do most spam-watch programs actually check domain names or URLs?

On the not-too serious Sites (check-sites), I use Shared Hosting and thus, shared IP address, so am wondering if a smart move even then is to pay for a private IP # ? It seems on most checks, there ...
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.pw domain name risks

I am considering using a set of .pw domain names to provide CNAME access to content stored on a CDN. I have come across recent articles about how the .pw domain has become associated with spam. ...
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Robots signing up on website

A couple of days ago, some robots started to sign up on the website (about 30 in a couple of days), they don't do anything on the website (as I'm guessing they don't find what they're looking for). ...
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Visitors are getting phishing warnings and my emails are being delivered to spam/junk boxes [duplicate]

I run a forum and I have had reports of some members receiving phishing warnings when they attempt to register, and emails being sent out (e.g. to confirm accounts) are being delivered to junkboxes. ...
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How not to get blacklisted using BCC

We have a legitimate need to send out emails to groups of our users (it's system info, not marketing email), and we want to just add the list of people to the BCC field rather than the TO field. ...