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SMF Support => SMF 2.0.x Support => Topic started by: robander on January 05, 2019, 02:04:01 AM

Title: What to do with members who are spam
Post by: robander on January 05, 2019, 02:04:01 AM
I have been hit by lots of fake members (spam) registering to my forum. Is it better to ban them or delete them? I know banning them prevents them from reregistering, etc. but there are a few hundred and I want to clear them out. I will also beef up my security to lessen this happening in the future. Also, if I delete them is it ok to do it in cPanel? which would be much faster. Thanks
Title: Re: What to do with members who are spam
Post by: Kindred on January 05, 2019, 02:50:37 AM
Do not delete them directly in the database. That will screw up your site.
Title: Re: What to do with members who are spam
Post by: robander on January 05, 2019, 02:56:10 AM
Thanks my friend
Title: Re: What to do with members who are spam
Post by: Looking on January 05, 2019, 04:22:19 PM
What kind of "beef up my security" did you have in mind?
Title: Re: What to do with members who are spam
Post by: supernova777 on January 05, 2019, 09:55:51 PM
it helps to change your security questions once a month or so
this can drastically reduce spambots from being able to register successfully
also, to delete them just do it while logged into the site and delete the user + all posts at the same time
(ie: click the user account name, then "actions" then delete this account)
Title: Re: What to do with members who are spam
Post by: Arantor on January 06, 2019, 04:39:06 AM
Spam - my forum is flooded with spam, what can I do  (https://wiki.simplemachines.org/smf/Spam_-_my_forum_is_flooded_with_spam%2C_what_can_I_do) might be useful reference.
Title: Re: What to do with members who are spam
Post by: robander on January 06, 2019, 04:15:26 PM
My security questions were too simple. I will make them a bit more complicated.
Title: Re: What to do with members who are spam
Post by: delta5 on January 08, 2019, 03:24:06 PM
Are these members live human beings,  or spam bots? I use the recaptcha questions and I have the stopforumspam.com mod installed. It compares every registration attempt to a spammer database and blocks anything that is red flagged.
I have had zero spam problems so far.
Title: Re: What to do with members who are spam
Post by: Steve on January 09, 2019, 01:14:20 PM
My security questions were too simple. I will make them a bit more complicated.

If your problem is spam bots:

http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=531660.msg3776163#msg3776163