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XF 1.4 bot invasion

Discussion in 'XenForo Questions and Support' started by Joe., Apr 1, 2015.

  1. Joe.

    Joe. Active Member

    They are registering constantly. Even with strict settings on User Registration.

    How do I keep them out?

    They are bot-bot's, not humans. Getting a few per minute on a couple occasions.
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Change your Q&A regularly.
  3. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    What are your spam management settings in the ACP? A screenshot of these might be useful.
  4. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Are you absolutely positive they're bots and not humans? There are certainly plenty of cases where they appear to be bots at first glance (based on the content they post), but further investigation shows that they're pretty clearly human based on their activity and some browser details. You'll find they are almost always in countries like India and Pakistan or using a VPN service.
  5. Joe.

    Joe. Active Member

  6. Joe.

    Joe. Active Member

    They're too quick to be humans and I got about 100 in the last few hours alone.

    I thought they might have been coming from tapatalk but I unstalled it, removed files from the server and they're still coming.
  7. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    Did you try Question and Answer?
  8. Joe.

    Joe. Active Member

    Is that better than any of the other captchas?

    Can I use both the Q&A and captcha at the same time?
  9. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    No, only one at a time.

    No captcha is human proof but with Q&A, it at least makes them spend time finding the answer if it's about your forum niche.
  10. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    Provided the question is good, only a human can answer.
  11. Joe.

    Joe. Active Member

    Hmm, why not have the ability to have both enabled at the same time?

    I'll try using that Q&A instead though. I'll update later on & let you guys know if it was effective. :)
  12. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    I'd say KeyCaptcha may be good -- I haven't heard of bots breaking it, but that may just be because of a lack of focus on it.

    Can you look up the IPs of the spammers? Do you have raw access log access? (To see if that gives any further info.)
  13. Joe.

    Joe. Active Member

    Well, a more complex Q&A seems to have helped a little bit.

    I'd still like the ability to have both a image captcha and a Q&A captcha functioning at the same time on the registration screen. Seems odd for that not to be an option.
  14. Solidus

    Solidus Well-Known Member

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