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Spam Spam and more Spam!
« on: January 03, 2018, 01:16:26 AM »
Recently we have been hit with an increase in Spam. If you see it before an Admin does please report it and it will get delt with sooner.
I have also began stepping up Spam Counter Measures. Every time that we get new Spam I will bump it up another notch. The reason I am doing it in small steps is because it does have an impact on site registration and I would rather have just enough rather than too much.
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Re: Spam Spam and more Spam!
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2018, 06:42:33 PM »
OK I added another level of Anti Spam today. So far so good. It recommends that I remove Captcha from the site as it claims it is no longer needed. I may do that if it works well for a few more days.

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Re: Spam Spam and more Spam!
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2018, 06:14:01 AM »
Had it working well for a brief time with an addon I grabbed from SMF but I did not realize that it was a BRIEF trial and they wanted money after that. Well of course I declined but it left us with jacked up anti-spam measures. :'(

I have gotten CAPTCHA running again and added security questions to help Bot proof the Forum. 8)
From what I have been reading, Bots can now work through math problems and it recommended that you have at least 5 questions and the registration picks one at random. I made up about a dozen! They are not complex for humans and are similar to this:
List all of the Upper Case letters used in Death Before Dishonor.     The answer would be DBD

Cross your fingers!   ::)
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Re: Spam Spam and more Spam!
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2018, 08:53:37 AM »
At work we've got good experience with Google's recaptcha. Does SMF support that? I found this:
https://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=1044
« Last Edit: February 14, 2018, 09:00:49 AM by master »
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Re: Spam Spam and more Spam!
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2018, 05:12:32 PM »
At work we've got good experience with Google's recaptcha. Does SMF support that? I found this:
https://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=1044

SMF now comes with reCAPTCHA and I have it running. I have sneaking suspicion that the reason things have all of a sudden gottten so bad is that damn Anti Spam by CleanTalk (No CAPTCHA) module that I tried. When the trial ran out and I opted not to pay them my settings got jacked up and SPAM got 100x worse.

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Re: Spam Spam and more Spam!
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2018, 11:58:49 AM »
Bastards
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Re: Spam Spam and more Spam!
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2018, 07:36:14 AM »
After about a dozen more attacks that made it past re-CAPTCHA and Bad Behavior I broke down and put Clean Talk back on and paid the Year Sub.   :'(

Just a heads up for all of us that use a VPN from time to time, Bots use them as well. Many of the IPs used by VPNs are blacklisted. You may want to avoid logging on while your VPN is running.

LOL it already flagged Master!     .......   come to think of it maybe Master is really a bot  ???

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Re: Spam Spam and more Spam!
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2018, 11:09:12 PM »
Here is a link to the Stats for Clean Chat for our site. I have to say since I put it back on I only had 2 Spammers get through which is a huge drop from 12 per day.  :)


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Re: Spam Spam and more Spam!
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2018, 03:33:38 PM »
It would explain my ongoing battles with beating those darn recaptcha’s


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