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XF 1.1 Hundreds of pharma spam threads

#1
After visiting our relatively new forum this morning, I discovered that over 300 spam threads promoting pharmaceutical drugs, had been posted over night. I've banned the members and blocked their IP addresses.

How can I prevent this from happening again?

Thanks!
 

craigiri

Well-known member
#4
After visiting our relatively new forum this morning, I discovered that over 300 spam threads promoting pharmaceutical drugs, had been posted over night. I've banned the members and blocked their IP addresses.

How can I prevent this from happening again?

Thanks!
Yeah, do ALL of the above.
The first three things you want to do....

1. QA captcha will a question that only your real users would know.
2. Set about 15 seconds on the timer - any registrations quicker than this are probably a bot.
3. Make sure they have email confirmation

Those should take care of 90% plus - then you can set up some of the other stuff....

When my stuff is working, I get less than 1 out of 1,000 attempts who actually get in.

Oh, if you are not using profiles, turn them off.
Install Xenutilities from Jaxel and set up Stop Forum Spam.