I have a lot of spam users registering on my website. What

I have a lot of spam users registering on my website. What is the best way to prevent this?
Do you recommend adding a "captcha" to the registration process?
What is the best captcha plugin?

  • Tyler Postle

    Hey Shireen,

    Hope you're doing well today!

    Is it a multisite you're using? In that case, you should try out Anti-Splog and setup the Are You Human verification that it includes :slight_smile: I've found that to be quite effective.

    We have a post on our blog that may be quite helpful as well: https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/buddypress-spam/

    That is if you're using BuddyPress, which I'm thinking you might be as it's known for attracting a lot of spam.

    Hope that helps! If you have any further questions just let know :slight_smile:

    All the best,

  • Tyler Postle

    Hey Shireen,

    Sorry for the delay here. Anti-Splog is only for multisite so won't help on a single site; however, many of the plugins in the article above should work great on a single site install.

    Wordfence might be an overkill but do you suggest I turn that on with minimal features?

    I don't have a ton of experience with Wordfence myself. I like to be pretty minimalist when it comes to plugins on my sites, so Wordfence on minimal settings doesn't sound too bad, but I would probably find a combination of more specific lighter plugins :slight_smile: that's just me though. Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to fighting spam and increasing security.

    Hope you're having a good weekend!


  • Morgan

    Hi Shireen,

    I've used Wordfence before for many sites. It works, but at times it needs tweaking.

    For me, I usually activate the following features:
    1. Enforce Strong Passwords: With this feature it makes it harder for spammers to register especially if they're using bots.
    2. Track IP Addresses: If & When you get spam registrations, this enables you to track their IP Address and with the information shown you can determine if you should block a certain city, state or other region.
    2.1. Wordfence has several features to make it easy for you to protect your site from these spammers like: Country Blocking, Block IPs, Black Fake Google Bots, and others.

    I hope this helps and I hope you enjoy your week!

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