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  • [Forum] Are Spammers getting past your challenge questions?

    Well, the spammers are back.

    Seems they have figured out how to get past our challenge questions and additional required questions to register. Fortunately all new members go through a manual approval of their registration before posting and access privileges are granted.

    Anyone else having a new onslaught of spammers?

    I have started to ban their IPs, mostly from Asia and Mexico. But they have thousands of IPs they use.

    David

    DAVID COPELAND
    Licensed VB Holder Since 2000
    Celebrating 19 Years with VB

  • #2
    Hi David,

    I get a few every day that get past the Q&A. Like you I also require additional questions to be answered which always trips up the human spammers and those are deleted during the moderation review.

    I don't bother with banning IP's as I think that's not only futile, but will can restrict access to legitimate registrations.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by David Copeland View Post
      Anyone else having a new onslaught of spammers?


      Trying to register:Yes
      Success:No.

      I have started to ban their IPs

      Don't do it.


      vB5 is unequivocally the best forum software, but not yet...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by David Copeland View Post
        Well, the spammers are back.
        Anyone else having a new onslaught of spammers?
        David
        No, but I do swap Q & A frequently, and have a number of different ones at any given time.

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        • #5
          Some people have been having good success with this modification:

          http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=248042

          I'm using the recaptcha system with a Q/A with success so far.
          russbo.com

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          • #6
            Not one single spammer has even managed to register on the two sites I run ? since I changed to Q & A, I used to get 50+ per day
            <<<<<<<<< It is over there !

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            • #7
              Originally posted by josiah1 View Post
              Not one single spammer has even managed to register on the two sites I run ? since I changed to Q & A, I used to get 50+ per day
              Do you use the Q and A with the Recaptcha System, or just the Q and A?

              DAVID COPELAND
              Licensed VB Holder Since 2000
              Celebrating 19 Years with VB

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              • #8
                Originally posted by David Copeland View Post
                Do you use the Q and A with the Recaptcha System, or just the Q and A?
                Can you use both of them?


                vB5 is unequivocally the best forum software, but not yet...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by beishe8 View Post
                  Can you use both of them?
                  The default vBulletin doesn't have that ability. I wouldn't suggest using a captcha anyway as they only prevent humans from registering. Use the Q&A system which works very well. Here are some other tips.

                  http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showt...-on-your-forum

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by David Copeland View Post
                    Do you use the Q and A with the Recaptcha System, or just the Q and A?
                    Just Q & A, have a look .............


                    what is the abbreviation for "primeminister"
                    25th letter of the alphabet ?
                    last three letters of the 3rd month
                    third colour in the rainbow
                    4.3 minus 3.2 = ?
                    what circles the earth
                    the P.M. lives at number ? (written)
                    what letter is missing from xm*s
                    on a phone keypad what number is between 2&8
                    from which country do the welsh come
                    our parliament is in which place
                    <<<<<<<<< It is over there !

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by josiah1 View Post
                      Just Q & A, have a look .............


                      what is the abbreviation for "primeminister"
                      25th letter of the alphabet ?
                      last three letters of the 3rd month
                      third colour in the rainbow
                      4.3 minus 3.2 = ?
                      what circles the earth
                      the P.M. lives at number ? (written)
                      what letter is missing from xm*s
                      on a phone keypad what number is between 2&8
                      from which country do the welsh come
                      our parliament is in which place

                      Okay, then that is what I have been using for a long time. But recently the spammers from China and India have been answering the questions correctly! Maybe they wrote a software program to automatically type in the answer to my question (even thought it has only been available for a few months since I changed it)

                      Contrary to the advice that I should not block their IP Address, I started to block them anyway. I ended up blocking ten IP addresses (all from China and India, and a couple from Mexico), and the spammers have stopped.

                      DAVID COPELAND
                      Licensed VB Holder Since 2000
                      Celebrating 19 Years with VB

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                      • #12
                        Hi David,

                        On average how many spammers were you getting a day before blocking IP's ?

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                        • #13
                          We use all of
                          • Re-capcha
                          • Stop Forum Spam
                          • Extra Question
                          • Email confirmation

                          And only get a 1 or 2 a week actually join and post.
                          Our Mods also check IP addresses against nominated location for anything that looks sus.
                          [Since when did Sydney Australia have IP address in Pakistan?]
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                          AusPhotography - Australia's Premier Photographic Forum vB4.2.3
                          Rick (site owner) and Kym (site tech) sharing this account

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