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SMF Support => SMF 2.0.x Support => Topic started by: Srinib on April 28, 2012, 03:27:11 AM

Title: Are they spammers?
Post by: Srinib on April 28, 2012, 03:27:11 AM
I just installed SMF(2.0.2) to on of my web sites and to my surprise, when i checked in to see the "view the memberlist", the below 10 fellows were sitting in the member list.

Accoliideog
cdAgrenenovGrillseq
CypeCauramp
dumssoymn
eueyexor
Goodleftoft
lyaheueqc
myrxnqkxt
tjzjjihuj
yecqgkyh

The doubts i have are:
How can they do that?
Are they spammers?
How do i control them in the future?
Title: Re: Are they spammers?
Post by: Colin on April 28, 2012, 04:24:05 AM
Yes, those are spam accounts. Luckily SMF has a diverse collection of anti-spam modifications.

http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?action=search;type=19
Title: Re: Are they spammers?
Post by: MrPhil on April 28, 2012, 10:21:19 AM
Those sound like typical spammer IDs. If they don't post (good, useful posts) within a few days, or start posting spam, just ban them. Don't forget to use some of the built-in anti-spam features to reduce spammer signup: CAPTCHA, questions. There are also anti-spam mods to compare IP addresses and email addresses against lists of known spammers, and reject the signup.
Title: Re: Are they spammers?
Post by: NanoSector on April 28, 2012, 10:24:27 AM
Keep in mind that CAPTCHA is almost useless these days.
Better be safe then sorry though.
Title: Re: Are they spammers?
Post by: Srinib on May 02, 2012, 02:47:44 PM
What is the best MOD to keep spammers away for the latest version of SMF?
Title: Re: Are they spammers?
Post by: NanoSector on May 02, 2012, 02:51:41 PM
Quote from: MrPhil on April 28, 2012, 10:21:19 AM
Don't forget to use some of the built-in anti-spam features to reduce spammer signup: CAPTCHA, questions.
(most effective IMO)
...and...

http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?action=search;type=19
Title: Re: Are they spammers?
Post by: Robert. on May 02, 2012, 02:52:07 PM
I know it isn't a mod, but you might want to check out verification questions, which also helps a lot. :)
Title: Re: Are they spammers?
Post by: tumbleweed on May 02, 2012, 02:52:48 PM
Search for them here if you wish:
http://www.stopforumspam.com/
Title: Re: Are they spammers?
Post by: NanoSector on May 02, 2012, 03:00:57 PM
Quote from: 医生唱片骑师 on May 02, 2012, 02:52:07 PM
I know it isn't a mod, but you might want to check out verification questions, which also helps a lot. :)
That's in the quote I...well...quoted ;D