Questions tagged [spam]

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Should I buy domain privacy now that GDPR is in

I used to get scammers ringing my phone because I didn't buy domain privacy. Being in the EU, Do I still need to buy this service if I dont want scammers and spam ringing my phone by looking up whois? ...
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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 do i allow MediaWiki spamming & vandalism

After stopping spam & vandalism on my Mediawiki website how do I allow spam and vandalism on my MediaWiki website?
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How can I link prospect without coming across as slimy?

I've received what I believe is a spammy enough link prospecting email. (I have a relatively large site including numerous short works.) It left me with a couple of questions about how I should be ...
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Spam boot activities on form inputs [closed]

Spam boot activities on form inputs. Please this question is not on how to protect sites against spam boots via google recaptcha, captchas, maths questions etc. Am wrting to know how spambots ...
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Apparent Bot Impressions in Webmaster Tools

I've been watching some strange stats in Google Webmaster Tools for a particular page on our site, which has been getting some periods of very high impressions but little or no clicks, and then just ...
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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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Exim in cPanel - spam spreading by “exim -bpc” command?

(Moved from ServerFault) I found that server have low reputation on talosintelligence. When I search through exim logs I found that in each minute there is run of exim process to counting queue. ...
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All checks pass - Mail still goes into spam [duplicate]

I got a self-hosted mail server using nethserver. No matter what I do, the mail I send still goes into the unwanted mail on Gmail and Office365. It's exclusively personal mail. My IP nor my Domain ...
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How to get into the “non spam” territory as a new website/server?

Well we are just in the process of releasing a website live, first for a select few testers and soon (plan is around summer) for everyone. Now everything is working, and I just started the last ...
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How to get whitelisted in microsoft's email network?

I have been trying for the last couple of weeks to get whitelisted in the Microsoft's email network. I can send emails from my site to gmail and yahoo with no problem. They are delivered to the right ...
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My site is falsely classified as malicious by Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection

My website is getting flagged by Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection. This is what a user sent me: When I scan the website with Sucuri it seems like everything is clean. Screenshot below. If this ...
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My site is falsely classified as malicious by Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection [duplicate]

My website is getting flagged by Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection. This is what a user sent me: When I scan the website with Sucuri it seems like everything is clean. Screenshot below. If this ...
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How to read FBL abuse reports?

I've configured Feedback Loop (FBL) abuse reports for newsletter on https://returnpath.com to track users, who mark my emails as "Spam" and unsubscribe them on my end. The problem is, I couldn't ...
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Can a website harm the SEO of another? [duplicate]

Sounds strange because and indeed it is. I came here to ask for this because I am lost for words, in a negative way. The company I work for, created a new brand name. Let's call the company Foo and ...
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Spammy mirror sites [duplicate]

I have a (growing) problem with many of my sites. Someone, is creating mirrors of my sites (don't know if he does it only with my sites or others too) and replaces text with spam keywords. My SERPS ...
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email marked as spam even with DKIM, SPF and DMARC headers

I've configured a Postfix+Dovecot email server. I took care of SPF, DKIM, DMARC and added appropriate headers to the message. I haven't used the machine for 2 years, so it can't be blacklisted from ...
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Spam sites are using snippets of our content for the meta descriptions repeatedly for a whole host of sites

I work for a doctor who has several large information websites on health, diet, breast cancer and lung cancer, to name but a few. The problem is that almost every post on every site has had every ...
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Website URL in YouTube 'about' page redirects to Spammy website

My wordpress website's URL that I added to my YouTube channel's 'About' page often redirects to some random spammy website. Would this be happening only for me or do my channel visitors also face ...
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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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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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Registering domain name, but there were old sites

I am going to buy a domain name to build a WordPress related business. When I search my desire domain name I found that it is available. But when checking the domain name in the Wayback Machine, I ...
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Negative Canonical Attacks, do they work? how to recover? how to prevent?

Backstory... Today I received an email from the Google Search Console reporting a huge increase of 404 pages on my site. Upon investigating I found hundreds of sites linking to my pages that simply ...
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htaccess 410 url spam hack requests excluding site generated request

Our site was hacked and links to random content where added to the site. We completely removed the hacked site and put a new one in its place. Everything new including images and content, no other ...
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How to show 410 Gone status for subdomains that are already been deleted

I bought an auctioned domain to build my new project, from my analysis with Ahrefs, people that were behind this domain had a subdomain called "forum" for their forum, and somehow they didn't know how ...
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Use email via Google Apps to avoid shared hosting issues with blacklisted IP

I currently use a hosting package that is used both for the website and emails. Since it is a shared hosting the IP is sometimes blacklisted so our emails are considered SPAM and are bounced back. I ...
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Spam emails from my domain

Do spam spoof emails pretending to be sent from your domain which SoftFail SPF verification hurt your domain's reputation with spam filters?
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Way to list “Contact Us” email address on web site, yet reduce likelihood of spam?

What's a good way to list a "Contact Us" email address on a web site, while reducing the likelihood it will get spammed? Is putting the email address in an image the best technique, or are there ...
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Will using a mailto link on your web site still get that address spammed in 2018? [duplicate]

It seems that having a clickable mailto link is a good UX, especially for mobile users. But from what I understand, mailto links open up an email to spam more easily due to spam bots. At least, that's ...
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Is it spam when sending business advertisement through contact form

I have a question because I like to do things legitimately and dont want any issues down the road, Is it spam when sending business advertisement through contact form. It is in regards to sending ...
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Gmail flags email as spam if it contains link to my website

If anywhere within body of the email I place link to my website in format <a href="http://mywebsite.com">more info here</a> , it gets flagged as spam I tested many different combinations ...
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Effect of email address on spam filters

I am setting up a newsletter mailing list for a company and an interesting question came up, Does the email address that we send our newsletter from have an effect on whether we get filtered out ...
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What is the purpose of spam registration bots?

I have been intrigued by this for a while, and haven't been able to find a solution elsewhere, so I was wondering if anyone here knew the answer: Since I have set up my personal website, I have ...
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Is my host at fault from spam and phishing emails sent to users at my domain that appear to come FROM a fake address at my domain?

I am taking care of a website like example.com. The company is using the email on the same domain (as you'd expect), like user@example.com. Unfortunately, someone has created an address like person@...
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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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How can I prevent my mail from being classified as spam?

When sending or forwarding emails using a personal or company domain using a website or email client, how do I prevent the email from being incorrectly marked as spam?
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How do I make my spam site rank well and not get penalized?

This question may sound really stupid, but it's actually legit. As the web has gotten more spam-proof over the years (CAPTCHAs, spam filters, search engine algorithms, etc.), there's not much room ...
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GDPR - 3rd party compliant contact form

My website features trips and tours from various travel operators. The customer, my website visitor, is able to access the tour operator's profile page and contact them directly with any questions or ...
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Reporting paid links to google - does it work?

I am noticing that my competitors have a boat load of paid backlinks, which don't seem to be discredited from google (PR is intact, rather then 0) Problem is, those sites aren't any gambling or ...
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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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Our site among those listed on Turkish link spammer/hacker site?

Our site is based on phpFusion Recently we found a Turkish web page that lists the URLs of about 20 sites that all run phpFusion, along with tags PR0 through PR5 for each. "Page Rank", yes? Ours is ...
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How to use htacess to Stop Spam hits originating from specific domains? [closed]

I am getting loads of spam/junk hits on my sites, they result in thousands of hits per day which is crippling my server resulting very poor performance on adsense revenue. Although I am blocking them ...
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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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Could a previous owner's email spam prevent a new great site on that domain from ranking now?

As far as I can tell there is no real connection between email spam and SEO, but I have a hard time explaining any other way. Site: local marketing agency with major clients, good profile and decent ...
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Should I be returning a 301 or 403 to a bad referrer in my .htaccess?

Getting several amounts of bad requests from a particular URL such as site.foo and I would like to redirect all these requests to a dedicated page. The .htaccess code I've researched and implementing ...
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How can I allow sysops and specific users to hide spam articles in MediaWiki?

My website is powered by MediaWiki Version 1.29.1. Sometimes the Recent Changes results page becomes cluttered with spam articles that I wish to hide from the results page. How can I allow specific ...
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How can I prevent spam on sites which I control?

This is a general, community wiki question to address all non-specific spam prevention questions. If your question was closed as a duplicate of this question and you feel that the information ...
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Outlook is blocking my mail bot

I've set up a basic website where people can also create an account. This feature is protected against spammers by using a reCAPTCHA and an email verification system, to send a verification link to ...
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Avoid email address being black listed when contacting writers

I want to email people who wrote articles which are related to my software. Not articles about my software, just articles that make me think that the author might want to write an article about my ...
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Sender score and side effects releated to mailinator.com or maildrop.cc or any other spam eater tool

I have looked around, however, I can't find accurate information if the Sender Score could be affected if I send hundreds of transactional emails daily to mailinator.com or maildrop.cc or any spam ...