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New Anti-Spam service available soon.

Slavik

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#1
In the continuing battle of forum owners vs spam bots, it is never an easy task to create an all in one solution which will lock the spammers out for good. Amazing addons can fall prey to an update rending them useless, or less effective.

Even services such as StopForumSpam are now queried by bots to see if they match any data and change as required to bypass these systems.

And ultimately, a manual spammer registration can nearly always bypass any system in place.

However, in the near future, we hope to release a new XenForo only**, Anti-Spam service which should provide an additional layer of security against the spam bots, even manual registrations.

Whilst the exact details on how the service works will be kept under wraps for the moment, it is already being trialed on several sites and generating very positive results.

The system is also cumulative as you would expect, meaning the more people who use the system, the more effective it becomes. As such, it will also be provided with an easy to use snippet of code which addon developpers can include in their own Anti-Spam addons to link in with the service.

Hopefully, our unique ways of detecting and preventing the bots from registering will give all XenForo forum owners a robust security net against spammers of all types.

Stay tuned for more information :)


** We may expand the service to cover non-xenforo boards in the future.
 

Mouth

Well-known member
#7
Whilst the exact details on how the service works will be kept under wraps for the moment, it is already being trialed on several sites and generating very positive results.
I'm interested, if your looking for more trial sites.
 

whynot

Well-known member
#8
The system is also cumulative as you would expect, meaning the more people who use the system, the more effective it becomes. As such, it will also be provided with an easy to use snippet of code which addon developpers can include in their own Anti-Spam addons to link in with the service.

Hopefully, our unique ways of detecting and preventing the bots from registering will give all XenForo forum owners a robust security net against spammers of all types.
Is it based on a list of reported IP addresses, usernames,email addresses?
 

whynot

Well-known member
#10
Whilst the exact details on how the service works will be kept under wraps for the moment, it is already being trialed on several sites and generating very positive results.
Hopefully it will be successful.
 

Slavik

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#17
A small update.

In the small time the service has been up and running on the 20 or so forums it has been active, the API has stopped over 80,000 bot registrations.

To break that down, thats 20,000 a day, or 1000 per forum per day stopped.

And as more forums are being added, it is becoming more effective.
 

digitalpoint

Well-known member
#18
Hopefully it's something that actually stops bots for technical reasons, rather than just stopping them because of obscurity (and the bots just don't know about it yet).

Like with you already knowing how it works (and bot authors surely will at some point), could you build a bot to circumvent it if you wanted to? Hopefully the answer is no. :)
 

Slavik

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#19
Like with you already knowing how it works (and bot authors surely will at some point), could you build a bot to circumvent it if you wanted to? Hopefully the answer is no. :)
It runs on 2 teirs of detection.

Frontend, eg Do they fail the FoolHoneyPot random boxes or Registration Form Timer and register in 1 second flat? Any fails are recorded and logged.

The Backend is different, and what makes the system unique. And unless those involved in how the backend actually works let the information out, they won't be able to work it out from the data that is provided via the API. Even if they did find out, it would do them little good ;)