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Title: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: steheap on April 07, 2013, 13:54
Well, it didn't take long! I got my first spam registration this morning - from an address ending in o2.pl

I see these on another site that I have running - I'm not sure what they get out of registration - perhaps they test the security from inside the site and see what they can find?

Has anyone experimented with a captcha type system on the site so far?

Steve
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: steheap on April 07, 2013, 14:10
I decided to try a different sort of captcha - a picture based one called Confident Captcha. It show 8 images and you have to click on the photo that matches the word. You need to register on their site to get the various api codes, but it all seems very easy and secure.

Anyone who wants to see what it looks like can try to register on my site and you will see the way it works

steve
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: mattdixon on April 07, 2013, 14:14
This works well...

http://akismet.com/ (http://akismet.com/)
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: steheap on April 07, 2013, 14:15
I have that, but isn't it just comment spam, not login spam?

Steve
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: pixel86 on April 07, 2013, 14:27
I got that same registration this morning too.  >:( I was waiting for a sale.

I will look into that Confident Captcha. I have Akismet, but I thought that was just for blog comments, too.
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: Chico on April 07, 2013, 14:46
Well, it didn't take long! I got my first spam registration this morning - from an address ending in o2.pl

I see these on another site that I have running - I'm not sure what they get out of registration - perhaps they test the security from inside the site and see what they can find?

Has anyone experimented with a captcha type system on the site so far?

Steve

Also here.

New user registration on Hitvectors - Vectors for sale: Username: annimato83 E-mail: kidobalek@o2.pl
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: halfshag on April 07, 2013, 16:09
You'll keep getting them and one day soon you'll be able to boast 300, 000+ registrations! Captcha is one way but setting a trap works well and does not interrupt your customer's experience:

<div style='display: none'> // invisible div within the reg form tags
<input type='text' name='webaddress' value=''> // spammers love to auto fill this in
<input type='text' name='contact' value=''>  // spammers love to auto fill this too
</div>

On the page that processes the newbie registration look for values 'webaddress' and or 'contact' (just examples, pick something that you are not using but is spammer friendly). If these values have been filled (remember these fields are invisible to humans) then the newbie isn't human and can be brutally dispatched and your DB remains clean.

Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: Leo Blanchette on April 07, 2013, 18:31
My spam blocker lets me feed a squirell and put ketsup on fries to tell if ur human.
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: halfshag on April 08, 2013, 07:01
My spam blocker lets me feed a squirell and put ketsup on fries to tell if ur human.

Has someone been working too hard? :)
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: Kerioak~Christine on April 08, 2013, 07:05
Yes probably but he is not seeing things - try registering with my site (it will check I have really fixed it as well) :D
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: halfshag on April 08, 2013, 07:14
Yes probably but he is not seeing things - try registering with my site (it will check I have really fixed it as well) :D

LOL - makes sense now I've had a look.
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: Chico on April 08, 2013, 07:45
You'll keep getting them and one day soon you'll be able to boast 300, 000+ registrations! Captcha is one way but setting a trap works well and does not interrupt your customer's experience:

<div style='display: none'> // invisible div within the reg form tags
<input type='text' name='webaddress' value=''> // spammers love to auto fill this in
<input type='text' name='contact' value=''>  // spammers love to auto fill this too
</div>

On the page that processes the newbie registration look for values 'webaddress' and or 'contact' (just examples, pick something that you are not using but is spammer friendly). If these values have been filled (remember these fields are invisible to humans) then the newbie isn't human and can be brutally dispatched and your DB remains clean.

How to edit a page and insert this code? Via Putty and using linux vi ? Via Ftp downloading page -> edit/insert -> upload page ?
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: Kerioak~Christine on April 08, 2013, 08:02
I decided to try a different sort of captcha - a picture based one called Confident Captcha. It show 8 images and you have to click on the photo that matches the word. You need to register on their site to get the various api codes, but it all seems very easy and secure.

Anyone who wants to see what it looks like can try to register on my site and you will see the way it works

steve

Hi Steve,  I found a slight problem with your captcha login - it is too big for the space available and you have to scroll up and down to see what it wants and the pictures are very dark, took me quite a few seconds to work out which one was underwater as could not see what they were
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: halfshag on April 08, 2013, 08:02
How to edit a page and insert this code? Via Putty and using linux vi ? Via Ftp downloading page -> edit/insert -> upload page ?

It's just an illustration of the concept, won't do anything if you insert that code.
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: steheap on April 08, 2013, 08:46
Quote
Hi Steve,  I found a slight problem with your captcha login

Yes, I did see that myself in my testing. It is because the login page is actually a single page that scrolls down if you want to register and then my captcha get put half way down that larger page.

I may have to change to something else!

Steve
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: Kerioak~Christine on April 08, 2013, 08:49
Would you like to try mine out - please, and comments on size and usablity will be appreciated :)
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: steheap on April 08, 2013, 09:29
I can't make it work. Nothing to click or drag. I use Chrome

Steve
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: Kerioak~Christine on April 08, 2013, 11:40
Possibly because I had not put everything back together after deleting it all to find my login problem.  I think it should work now
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: steheap on April 08, 2013, 11:52
Nope - doesn't work for me!

Sorry

Steve
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: Kerioak~Christine on April 08, 2013, 12:14
I don't think it is  Chrome that is stopping it working for you as I just downloaded and installed it to test, strange.  Wonder why you cannot see it when you try and register
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: Pilens on April 08, 2013, 12:59
Would you like to try mine out - please, and comments on size and usablity will be appreciated :)

Your captcha would be great if it worked. I see it, it asks me to drag a smiley on a t-shirt, but I can't drag anything. I use Firefox.

edited: I clicked the signup button with nothing filled in and the catcha no working. Got to sort of an "error sign-up" page, and here your captcha is working! Weird. I hope you can get this sorted out.
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: Pilens on April 08, 2013, 13:05
Would you like to try mine out - please, and comments on size and usablity will be appreciated :)

Your captcha would be great if it worked. I see it, it asks me to drag a smiley on a t-shirt, but I can't drag anything. I use Firefox.

edited: I clicked the signup button with nothing filled in and the catcha not working. Got to sort of an "error sign-up" page, and here your captcha is working! Weird. I hope you can get this sorted out.
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: steheap on April 08, 2013, 13:10
After trying two different plugins, I've settled on one called simply Captcha. Have a look at my register page now and see what you think!

Steve
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: Pilens on April 08, 2013, 13:23
After trying two different plugins, I've settled on one called simply Captcha. Have a look at my register page now and see what you think!

Steve

Works for me. Let's hope no potential buyer gets deterred because she/he can't solve the math  ;D

Actually, I very much like halfshag's suggestion of coding in a trap. That I fear, however, will be more work for Leo...
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: Leo Blanchette on April 08, 2013, 14:33
Feed the squirrel, and you will believe ...
http://www.symbiostock.com/wp-login.php (http://www.symbiostock.com/wp-login.php)
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: Kerioak~Christine on April 08, 2013, 14:47
Feed the squirrel, and you will believe ...
[url]http://www.symbiostock.com/wp-login.php[/url] ([url]http://www.symbiostock.com/wp-login.php[/url])


It does not work when logging into (my) site though - as Philens mentioned it does not work when you first try, only when you get a second sort of error screen
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: cascoly on April 09, 2013, 20:11
Feed the squirrel, and you will believe ...
[url]http://www.symbiostock.com/wp-login.php[/url] ([url]http://www.symbiostock.com/wp-login.php[/url])


what is the worry about spammers when you have a 2 step register process that requires a valid email?

i'm also concerned about users who just want to buy a picture -- why do we have to require them ti register?  many people are suspicious of such routines
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: pixel86 on April 09, 2013, 20:16
Feed the squirrel, and you will believe ...
[url]http://www.symbiostock.com/wp-login.php[/url] ([url]http://www.symbiostock.com/wp-login.php[/url])


what is the worry about spammers when you have a 2 step register process that requires a valid email?

i'm also concerned about users who just want to buy a picture -- why do we have to require them ti register?  many people are suspicious of such routines


You are correct...so how did the spammer register on my site? I never sent them (it, her, him, whatever) an email.
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: RacePhoto on April 10, 2013, 11:18
Feed the squirrel, and you will believe ...
[url]http://www.symbiostock.com/wp-login.php[/url] ([url]http://www.symbiostock.com/wp-login.php[/url])


Or put catsup on the fries or syrup on the waffles (whatever) It works fine for me and I have all kinds of things blocked on FF.

Where do I get that security plugin? Simple and it works. Next I'll want to add my own, like put the golf ball in the cup?  :)
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: Kerioak~Christine on April 10, 2013, 11:20
The one I have on my site is sweet captcha but I will not be keeping in for, in spite of the blurb it does not work with android
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: steheap on April 10, 2013, 12:02
It doesn't work from my PC with chrome either....

Steve
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: pixel86 on April 10, 2013, 13:22
It doesn't work from my PC with chrome either....

Steve


I couldnt get it to work on my site. The login and register sometimes worked, it didnt work at all in the contact page they provide. I wish it were reliable because i really like it.
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: steheap on April 27, 2013, 11:38
Even though I use the SI Captcha plugin, I've noticed I'm getting a couple of registrations a day - almost all of them are probably false - they have strange user names and more recently they have aol email addresses.

Two questions - are others getting this (and if not, what protection plugin do you use?). Any idea what the benefit of someone signing up to an account is believed to be? I guess they can post comments without a captcha each time (although I don't have comments available.)

Can they do any other mischief?

Steve
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: cascoly on April 27, 2013, 13:00
Even though I use the SI Captcha plugin, I've noticed I'm getting a couple of registrations a day - almost all of them are probably false - they have strange user names and more recently they have aol email addresses.

Two questions - are others getting this (and if not, what protection plugin do you use?). Any idea what the benefit of someone signing up to an account is believed to be? I guess they can post comments without a captcha each time (although I don't have comments available.)

Can they do any other mischief?

Steve
I've not received any spam registrations -- earlier I was getting spam comments but once I changed to 'comments only from registered users' that stopped.

it seems to cycle -- on my other websites I get occ'l spam responses where I get dozens of replies to buyit now selections for maps - none of which are legit.  cant decide whether it's a bot or just some person who thinks they'll singlehandedly overwhelm my website
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: pixel86 on April 27, 2013, 15:00
Even though I use the SI Captcha plugin, I've noticed I'm getting a couple of registrations a day - almost all of them are probably false - they have strange user names and more recently they have aol email addresses.

Two questions - are others getting this (and if not, what protection plugin do you use?). Any idea what the benefit of someone signing up to an account is believed to be? I guess they can post comments without a captcha each time (although I don't have comments available.)

Can they do any other mischief?

Steve

I have gotten one. I am waiting to see how big of an issue it is before adding another layer of security.
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: Chico on April 27, 2013, 17:10
Even though I use the SI Captcha plugin, I've noticed I'm getting a couple of registrations a day - almost all of them are probably false - they have strange user names and more recently they have aol email addresses.

Two questions - are others getting this (and if not, what protection plugin do you use?). Any idea what the benefit of someone signing up to an account is believed to be? I guess they can post comments without a captcha each time (although I don't have comments available.)

Can they do any other mischief?

Steve

I have gotten one. I am waiting to see how big of an issue it is before adding another layer of security.

No more spam registrations after install SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam plugin.
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: Travelling-light on April 27, 2013, 17:45

No more spam registrations after install SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam plugin.

We're using SI Captcha, had 7 yesterday, 2 so far today.
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: Chico on April 27, 2013, 20:34

No more spam registrations after install SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam plugin.

We're using SI Captcha, had 7 yesterday, 2 so far today.

My site is not popular.  :'(
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: Leo Blanchette on April 27, 2013, 22:06
Keep those spam registrations man!

It was funny - when I launched Symbiostock.com I was literally (not even joking) getting 20/hour. Quite a phenomen for a site which was getting very little traffic.

Maybe you can re-spam them? Make some nice spam images and market them to spammers?
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: farbled on April 29, 2013, 15:34
Keep those spam registrations man!

It was funny - when I launched Symbiostock.com I was literally (not even joking) getting 20/hour. Quite a phenomen for a site which was getting very little traffic.

Maybe you can re-spam them? Make some nice spam images and market them to spammers?

I get a couple here and there. Meaning I get an email saying someone registered. However they don't appear in my site's backend. Anyone else have that?
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: pixel86 on April 29, 2013, 19:38
Keep those spam registrations man!

It was funny - when I launched Symbiostock.com I was literally (not even joking) getting 20/hour. Quite a phenomen for a site which was getting very little traffic.

Maybe you can re-spam them? Make some nice spam images and market them to spammers?

I get a couple here and there. Meaning I get an email saying someone registered. However they don't appear in my site's backend. Anyone else have that?

No, the only one I've had so far showed up in All Users.
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: grsphoto on April 30, 2013, 08:45
I don't want to make it difficult for people to register, which is why I have set up my site to use a facebook registration if they want.

Not sure if and how well it works...not even spammers are registering at my site.... :(

Glenn
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: farbled on April 30, 2013, 09:47
Hmm, I know one of mine is legitimate after a quick search, however it still doesn't show up in my user list. I hope I'm not losing a potential customer. Can someone do me a favour and register on my site and let me know if they have any issues or leave a comment or something?
http://photominingstock.com/earth/ (http://photominingstock.com/earth/)
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: Kerioak~Christine on April 30, 2013, 10:02
Registered and commented, no issues at my end, all went smoothly
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: farbled on April 30, 2013, 10:11
Registered and commented, no issues at my end, all went smoothly

Thanks! And I saw both the user and comment. Yippee! So it works properly.

BTW, if anyone wants to test sales, just upload a throwaway image and set the price for 10 cents or so, I'll buy it (I have a seperate test paypal account) and let you know if it runs smoothly. Just shoot me an email or PM. If anyone wants to try mine on either site, the image is under search "test" one is a boat, one is a tree. :)
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: Kerioak~Christine on April 30, 2013, 10:48
Not going to test that for you - would probably cost more in conversion fees than anything else :)
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: farbled on April 30, 2013, 11:04
Not going to test that for you - would probably cost more in conversion fees than anything else :)

Fair enough. :) The offer is there though.
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: pixel86 on April 30, 2013, 11:19
Registered and commented, no issues at my end, all went smoothly

Thanks! And I saw both the user and comment. Yippee! So it works properly.

BTW, if anyone wants to test sales, just upload a throwaway image and set the price for 10 cents or so, I'll buy it (I have a seperate test paypal account) and let you know if it runs smoothly. Just shoot me an email or PM. If anyone wants to try mine on either site, the image is under search "test" one is a boat, one is a tree. :)


I had issues. I used two different emails and two different usernames and got this both times:
ERROR This username is already registered
ERROR This email is already registered
ERROR unreadable CAPTCHA token file


I know I entered the Captcha correctly. I've gotten two emails, one for each name I registered, with passwords. And I was able to login using the pw supplied. I created username supportCL. Something is wrong, but the registration goes through. Maybe the captcha is hosing it up?
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: farbled on April 30, 2013, 11:24
Registered and commented, no issues at my end, all went smoothly

Thanks! And I saw both the user and comment. Yippee! So it works properly.

BTW, if anyone wants to test sales, just upload a throwaway image and set the price for 10 cents or so, I'll buy it (I have a seperate test paypal account) and let you know if it runs smoothly. Just shoot me an email or PM. If anyone wants to try mine on either site, the image is under search "test" one is a boat, one is a tree. :)


I had issues. I used two different emails and two different usernames and got this both times:
ERROR This username is already registered
ERROR This email is already registered
ERROR unreadable CAPTCHA token file


I know I entered the Captcha correctly. I've gotten two emails, one for each name I registered, with passwords. And I was able to login using the pw supplied. I created username supportCL. Something is wrong, but the registration goes through. Maybe the captcha is hosing it up?

Maybe, I got both registrations in the backend though. I'll take down the catchpa and see what happens.
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: pixel86 on April 30, 2013, 17:03
If you delete me, I can try it again.
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: farbled on April 30, 2013, 18:42
If you delete me, I can try it again.

Sorry I was out for a few hours, deleted! Thanks again!
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: pixel86 on April 30, 2013, 19:26
If you delete me, I can try it again.

Sorry I was out for a few hours, deleted! Thanks again!

No problem. I just re-registered with no problems and was taken to the Customer License page on login.
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: farbled on April 30, 2013, 22:16
If you delete me, I can try it again.

Sorry I was out for a few hours, deleted! Thanks again!

No problem. I just re-registered with no problems and was taken to the Customer License page on login.
Awesome, thank you! I got the registration in the backend too.
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: pixel86 on May 01, 2013, 06:32
Awesome, thank you! I got the registration in the backend too.


Can you explain what you mean "got the registration in the backend too." I feel like i might be missing something.
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: alberto on May 01, 2013, 09:43
I think that farbled intends to say that in its  wordpress dashboard he can see your registration.
In dashboard see in the left side the "members" section, here you can see every registered members,
so he saw the user memberCL...
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: farbled on May 01, 2013, 09:45
I think that farbled intends to say that in its  wordpress dashboard he can see your registration.
In dashboard see in the left side the "members" section, here you can see every registered members,
so he saw the user memberCL...

Yep! Sorry, I've been offline a surprising amount recently. Yes, I can see you in my "users" list in my backend. Previously, people would register but I could not see them, I just got an email saying they registered. I disabled the catchpa and going by Cathy's and Christine's help, it works (plus all the spammers I'm getting now, but such is life :) ).
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: pixel86 on May 01, 2013, 10:29
I think that farbled intends to say that in its  wordpress dashboard he can see your registration.
In dashboard see in the left side the "members" section, here you can see every registered members,
so he saw the user memberCL...


Thank you for explaining. Makes perfect sense. Now.  :D
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: pixel86 on May 01, 2013, 10:31
I think that farbled intends to say that in its  wordpress dashboard he can see your registration.
In dashboard see in the left side the "members" section, here you can see every registered members,
so he saw the user memberCL...

Yep! Sorry, I've been offline a surprising amount recently. Yes, I can see you in my "users" list in my backend. Previously, people would register but I could not see them, I just got an email saying they registered. I disabled the catchpa and going by Cathy's and Christine's help, it works (plus all the spammers I'm getting now, but such is life :) ).


Glad its working for you. Maybe you can find another captcha plugin that doesnt
mess up the registration.

Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: farbled on May 01, 2013, 11:22
I dont mind spam actually. It's like taking the bus in my neighbourhood, only online. :)
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: Microstock Man on June 27, 2013, 06:26
Just to re-ignite this thread I'm getting maybe 3-4 registrations per day at the moment but I'm guessing their all spam as no sales recently. They are all things like Johngresdy21@hotmail.com for instance.

Do you reckon it's just spam bots signing up in the hope to comment and leave a link?
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: pixel86 on June 27, 2013, 07:03
Just to re-ignite this thread I'm getting maybe 3-4 registrations per day at the moment but I'm guessing their all spam as no sales recently. They are all things like Johngresdy21@hotmail.com for instance.

Do you reckon it's just spam bots signing up in the hope to comment and leave a link?


Ever since we started talking about the problem with registration emails not going thru yesterday (see bug thread) ive had four from a 72w dot com place...had some from them before. I suppose all the spammers are getting thru just fine.  :o
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: Kerioak~Christine on June 27, 2013, 08:15
Hi Cathy

Have a look at Anti-Captcha by Filidor Weise - it has stopped my spam registrations dead.  The only registrations I have had since activating it have been clients and members of the Network
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: steheap on June 27, 2013, 08:20
Quote
Just to re-ignite this thread I'm getting maybe 3-4 registrations per day at the moment but I'm guessing their all spam as no sales recently. They are all things like Johngresdy21@hotmail.com for instance.

Do you reckon it's just spam bots signing up in the hope to comment and leave a link?

I deactivated Captcha as I found it was blocking any real attempt to sign up, which wasn't good. In 24 hours I've probably had 5 spam registrations. I'm not sure they ever come back and sign up, but I suppose they do get my email address from the registration password email and add me to their lists of working emails for spam lists. Now that I think about that, I'm using my own personal email for that - not good!

I'll try that new plugin that Tinny suggests.

Steve
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: Kerioak~Christine on June 27, 2013, 08:56
Okay, who is trying me out by registering as qwerty - are you trying out registration on my site or trying to make me think that the anti-capture does not work  :)
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: ajt on June 27, 2013, 09:41
Okay, who is trying me out by registering as qwerty - are you trying out registration on my site or trying to make me think that the anti-capture does not work  :)

I was trying to figure out how it works :)
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: steheap on June 27, 2013, 09:41
Hi Tinny

It wasn't me, but I did install anti-captcha on my own site, then tried it. I got:
Quote
Error submitting form!
Please make sure both javascript and cookies are enabled in your browser.
Use the back button to try again...

(Note: if this still doesn't help, then refreshing your cache might)

I don't think I have done anything special in Chrome, but I must have made a setting (or it is now default) that is blocking javascript or the cookie necessary to make this plugin work.

Back to the drawing board for me.

I wish I could stop my personal email appearing in the registration emails from the system - I think it is coming from BlueHost, not from within Wordpress.

Steve
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: steheap on June 27, 2013, 09:43
Hi Tinny again

Funny - I just tried your site and could create a registration OK. Even further back onto the drawing board for me - why is my own site playing up!!

Steve

Update: I activated anti-captcha again and made sure I had refreshed the browser. I was then able to register on my own site without the error. If anyone has a spare minute, could you please try it to make sure this java error doesn't pop up.
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: lbarn on June 27, 2013, 09:57
Steve,

I just tried yours as requested, and it sent the password through a gmail address, and I was able to login.
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: steheap on June 27, 2013, 10:02
Great, thanks!

I have one remaining issue in this space - the identification of my personal email address in the password registration email.

I saw a suggestion online of this solution for Bluehost:

1. Create a Bluehost email address called wordpress@backyardstockphotos.com
2. Go to Admin/Settings/General and put wordpress@backyardstockphotos.com in the email address there

BUT - it doesn't work for me. The registration emails (if you look at the header) still contain my personal email address. Must be something I am missing here!

Steve
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: Kerioak~Christine on June 27, 2013, 10:07
Okay, who is trying me out by registering as qwerty - are you trying out registration on my site or trying to make me think that the anti-capture does not work  :)

I was trying to figure out how it works :)

I did wonder if it was you, I could see you had come from this thread, then registered, your dns no - which matched the email etc.  I do like Wordfence, just a shame it is not permanent only lasts for the last 50 visits or so.

When I get the notification that someone has registered it uses a justhost address, what address do people who register get I wonder.


Steve, is it the address you have put in the settings of Wordpress for communications?

When I get an
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: pixel86 on June 27, 2013, 10:16
I am getting an onslaught of fake registrations from w2 dot com.  :(
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: steheap on June 27, 2013, 10:19
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Steve, is it the address you have put in the settings of Wordpress for communications?

When I get an

Tinny

We lost something here. Of course this may be something that only I see about my own site? Would you mind registering, again, on my site and let me know an outline of who the registration email comes from? Obviously don't post the full email here - I'm sure some spambot is looking for email addresses even here!

Steve
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: lkpub on July 09, 2013, 11:23
See my post here... finally found a solution and posted it for all of you... =}

http://www.microstockgroup.com/symbiostock-general/spam-registrations/ (http://www.microstockgroup.com/symbiostock-general/spam-registrations/)
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: marthamarks on July 09, 2013, 11:49
Steve,

I just tried yours as requested, and it sent the password through a gmail address, and I was able to login.

Steve, I just tried it too and successfully registered without any form of captcha challenge. Have you removed that from your site or did I unintentionally manage to evade it?
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: steheap on July 09, 2013, 12:34
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Steve, I just tried it too and successfully registered without any form of captcha challenge. Have you removed that from your site or did I unintentionally manage to evade it?

That is the wonder of Anti-captcha - it is invisible to ordinary people registering, but it blocks the automated systems that spam registrations use.

The fact that you were able to register (and I don't see spam registrations) means that it is working properly

Steve
Title: Re: Blocking Spam Registrations
Post by: marthamarks on July 09, 2013, 12:40
The fact that you were able to register (and I don't see spam registrations) means that it is working properly

Steve

Then woohoo!!! I'm impressed. Gonna go look at it for my own site. :-)

Muchas gracias!