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Questions tagged [spam-prevention]

Preventing unwanted content from being posted on a website.

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Service that processes my form POST and emails it to me? [on hold]

I manage a lot of sites that contain one or more contact forms. Lately these sites have been hit with a LOT of spam. This is unacceptable for me because it creates a huge workload to go through all ...
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Can I block Tor users from sending spam on my form?

Can I use .htaccess to kill any message coming from a Tor IP, or should I make a script on my mailer? I've got $IP = $_SERVER['REMOTE_HOST'] ?: gethostbyaddr($_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR']); and I checked ...
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Should I be worried by random/spam sites using my content as bait?

One of sites (my oldest, largest, best known one naturally) seems to be a target of bots that scrape the content and republish it on random domains which then generate Google alerts back to me. ...
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Spike in direct traffic - how to prevent bots

I am managing two Wordpress sites and have noticed significant spikes in direct traffic that cannot be attributed to any marketing campaign or expected increase in activity. The pattern is also ...
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Spam referrals to my website [duplicate]

I noticed a spike in referral traffic to my website, the link showed up in a very odd format, see attached. Does anyone know what this is and what can I do to stop it happening again? Can anyone ...
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How to stop Bot generate Traffic in Wordpress?

My WordPress website recent facing a big problem. Spamming problem. Using a plugin i detect that every single second here coming huge number of traffic which is fake and send by BOT. The traffic also ...
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How do you deal with mass spam on MediaWiki?

What would be the best way to find a users IP address on MediaWiki if all the connections were proxied through squid proxy server and you have access to all user rights? I am a steward on a ...
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Simple Machines Forum site has daily spam registrations despite countermeasures

I have turned on all the spam registration countermeasures in the latest version of SMF for my forum, but am still receiving daily registrations that I believe are spam. How is this happening? They ...
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How can I prevent a blogspot blog from misusing our company's toll free number?

An unknown blogger is utilizing the toll free number of my company, which is leading to tons of misleading calls. I tried contact the blogger but couldn't find any lead. I even tried asking Google ...
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Using user email address as “From Name” and domain email as sender in contact forms?

We have a contact form with an email address field. Let's say user@yahoo.com will send an email using our contact form. When it's submitted this is what the headers would look like: From: "user@...
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Banned emails are still registering to phpBB forum - how could that be?

I manage a phpBB forum (v3.0.12) and am having a problem with spam registrations. We have CAPTCHA setup and two step verification. The problem is, users are still registering with emails we've ...
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How do spambots find and submit to email opt-in the end of a funnel?

I have an opt-in page that's being nuked right now with spambots. A simple webpage that I use to allow subscribers into my email list. The only way to get to that page was through one of my tracking ...
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New Domain got marked as spam after 3 mailer in Gmail

We just started with our mailing activity, and for our warm up, we send the first mail to 1000 emails. On second day we took a big jump and went over to 5000, then 9000 and now at 12000. ...
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How do email spam filters tell if a spam email was maliciously sent with intent to shutdown a real email address?

So for example, let's say we have a legitimate user from "user@legitimate.com" who sends real emails. However, there is a malicious individual who is using their own server or some other email service ...
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Impact of using free domain extension for personal email (spam-wise)

Certain TLDs/extensions are allowed to be registered for free. Examples include: .tk and .ml Say for example, I register somedomain.tk as my personal domain for email only. I use Google Apps (for ...
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How can I identify spam traffic? [duplicate]

Recently I am getting some referrals traffic which are everyday changing their name (I am blocking them everyday from GA). First few days their name was example.xyz but now they are using various name....
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Google Analytics — character limit on Filter Pattern field

It took me a while but I finally found out how to use filters to block spam from my analytics. I currently have the following filter pattern applied to 'campaign source' semalt\.com|buttons-for-...
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Block rank-checker.online

This is really messing with my Analytics. I've previously blocked Semalt with the following code in my .htaccess SetEnvIfNoCase Via evil-spam-proxy spammer=yes SetEnvIfNoCase Referer evil-spam-domain....
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Can blocking referer spam by black listing domains in google analytics have a positive effect on ranking due to reduced bounce rate ?

I have a site thats getting a lot of referral spam in google analytics both for referred traffic and organic traffic (where they place the their site name in the keyword field). Because its all bot ...
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Should I remove my draconian IP bans (3000 rules, entire countries)?

A while ago one of my site administrators was quite draconian in his anti-spam measures, at times banning entire countries from accessing our forum/website. He has left now but there are well over ...
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Bot POST flood prevention

Since half february I noticed an increase in traffic to a very small website, which started to mail me an access log daily. The bot requests the homepage over and over, posting some content in a form ...
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Which email addresses should I activate for a website?

While checking the log files for a website (let's say http://example.com) I manage, I saw that there is lot of spam being addressed to email addresses like genericusername@example.com or ...
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Spamassasin reports HTML_FONT_TINY with huge penalty, what is it?

Update The authors of the plugin suggested that it is a false positive. I am using MailPoet in a Wordpress installation to send newsletters. In an effort to validate the chances a newsletter has ...
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Does it really help against spam to replace the “@” with “(at)” and similar practices?

When e-mail addresses are mentioned on the web, I see a lot of: send (dot) me (at) spam (dot) com send . me (a) spam . com etc. Does it really help againt spambots finding the addresses to do these ...
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Possible email by Office365 - how to check?

I think our dedicated sending IP has been blocked solely by Office365. We have stellar sending IP rating, and zero spam reports, content clean, full opt-in etc. No issues with any other Microsoft ...
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What's the technical name of the captcha like thing which asks you to identify all the 'ice-cream' pictures?

What is the technical name of that class of tool that pops up 5 to 6 images and asks you to pick all the 'xyz' items from that list? CAPTCHA is text on a funny background and you are asked to read ...
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Google displaying wrong site title and snippet [duplicate]

I am having an issue where a website that displays the incorrect site title and snippet in Google Search. From the content it is clear that some spammer has infected the site, but I cannot figure out ...
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Block spam from Google Analytics Measurement Protocol for Mobile Application

I'm not sure if this is quite the right place to post this, but it seemed the most appropriate! I'm using Google Analytics to track metrics from a mobile app using the Measurement Protocol, however I'...
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How can I scan a HTML website for malicious links/scripts?

I designed a website using a free HTML templates. Up until now I used to trust the free templates I found online... Recently, one of these websites has received a lot of visits from Russia in a way ...
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How can I protect my website if services like 2Captcha claim to crack the new reCAPTCHA?

Have recently seen their ad where they claim to be able to do it due to the fact that unlike most OCR CAPTCHA crackers which are bots, they use workforce, humans behind the scenes. Although I still ...
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How do I secure my site against human spam farm attacks?

I have a Q&A site that has recently been attacked by what I strongly believe to be a human spam farm, as described in these articles: Spammers Pay Others to Answer Security Tests Are You Human? ...
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Spamhaus is blocking my url for no reason

I own a small business that sells window decal stickers online. I changed hosting providers of my website to a new host because the old host was having some issues. The day I changed over, I ...
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Is this really GoogleBot, or is this a spammer?

I found this IP in my access log posting repeatedly thousands of times. Is this really GoogleBot, or is it a spammer? I hesitate to block it. 185.62.188.98 - - [13/May/2015:18:54:33 -0400] "POST /...
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Emails sent via Amazon SES going to spam in Gmail [duplicate]

Firstly I have read this question How can I prevent my mail from being classified as spam? -- I'm verified on Amazon SES and have DKIM enabled. I'm sending emails via Amazon SES - on Worpdress (using ...
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Spam site re-proxying my site, how do I stop this?

So there's some guy out there duplicating my http://bitlucid.com website in some nonstandard way and for some nefarious reasons. I first found out about it when I saw a "copy" spam url in the logs ...
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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 PHP/...
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How to report spam sent through my website contact form without blocking it? [duplicate]

Despite the Google captcha protection I receive some spam from my website contact forms. I want to report these spams but without blocking my contact form address. Explaination: when somebody send ...
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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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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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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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?Referer links in WordPress site getting indexed

I have a WordPress site which is more content centric. Today, I found that certain URLs are getting indexed in Google Search results. They look like: http://example.com/page/42/?referer=www.wwwdnal....
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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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How to protect a form from spam? [duplicate]

I have compiled a list of items that may protect a web form from span. Which are actually effective? Please feel free to add additional items. Store a code as a hidden field and verify it when ...
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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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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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Spam being sent from my domain

I have a suspicion that somebody is sending spam from my domain. Today I received an email from postmaster(AT)halliburton.com to htuwxjw(AT)example.com which said: The following email was blocked ...
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how to stop getting hits from comment spam

I have been hosting a photoblog using pixelpost, but have realised it was a haven for comments spam. I've since migrated the site to tumblr. The original site was an add-on domain to my hosting plan ...
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What techniques can I use to block human generated spam posts?

I'm having trouble blocking paid posters trying to post links to products unrelated to "fashion" on my site. I've made my links nofollow but they're still being posted. What techniques can I use to ...
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Websense is blocking our website as “Potentially Damaging Content” [closed]

A lot of people are complaining that my company's website www.justjus.com is being blocked by their organisations. Anyone that has tried to access our website from a large organisation has been ...