How to stop splog signups

The plugin installed and I am enquiring about is Anti-Splog.

Why is this installed plugin not in my list?

Our site is in development and I’d like you to help educate us as to how we are getting so many splog signups per day after such a short time.

We clearly state that signups are monitored and splog user and accounts are promptly deleted.

How are they finding the MultiSite community?

Are they using automated software to signup and if so what is it likely to be – so we can find a way to stop it?

It would appear that once our site is live and (hopefully) popular it could be a full time job deleting crap accounts.

  • PC
    • WPMU DEV Initiate

    Hello there Sean,

    Thanks for posting on the forums.

    Why is this installed plugin not in my list?

    That may be because you have not installed the mentioned plugin on the selected site i.e. inter….tingpages.com

    Our site is in development and I’d like you to help educate us as to how we are getting so many splog signups per day after such a short time.

    Mostly they are bots, so having captcha or other protection enabled, you can control a lot of it.

    So have you configured Anti Splog plugin ? If yes, are you using captcha protection ?

    Please advise.

    Cheers, PC

  • Sean
    • Flash Drive

    Hi

    We have a simple standard math Security Question which I’m assuming must be read and bypassed by the bots as it is ineffectual.

    Sorry to say I was not using your Anti-Splog options as I thought they were ‘tacky’ and unprofessional. I and many people I know dislike reCapthca with a passion. It uses unreadable made up (nonsense) words and waste real peoples vaulable time expending many attempts to get past.

    The cats and dogs images are not always easy to tell and are poorly formatted and add a low-quality look to the site I am unhappy with..

    I have implemented the only marginally acceptable option you provide being questions and answers but the layout is malformed as can be seen here http://internetmarketingpages.com/register/

    This needs to be fixed or it may prevent real people signing up

    How do I block a user email domain?

    It seems most of the spammers have yahoo email addresses.

  • aristath
    • Recruit

    Hello again @sean, I hope you’re well today!

    I’m using a combination of these 3 plugins and never had an issue:

    1. Akismet

    2. http://wordpress.org/plugins/registration-honeypot/

    3. https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/anti-splog/

    When properly configured, they are really effective and don’t have any cats, dogs, math or captcha.

    An extra measure I always take is use https://www.cloudflare.com/ for my sites. Their free plan has some really great security benefits and also prevents things like DDOS attacks and lots of spam bots.

    I hope that helps!

    Cheers,

    Ari.

  • Sean
    • Flash Drive

    Hi Ari, Luminaire here, Sean’s Technical Services Manager.

    Installing the Registration Honeypot plugin really helped us a lot!

    Instead of having 3 or more SPLOG signups which we usually get per day. It is now down to just 1 SPLOG signup this week.

    We will get back to you after a couple of weeks to let you know of the results. In the mean time, I will mark this as Resolved.

    Thanks!

  • PC
    • WPMU DEV Initiate

    Hey there Luminaire,

    Thanks for posting back and letting us know your test results :slight_smile: Much appreciated !

    We will be around in case you see any further issues on this topic and have a successful project :slight_smile:

    Cheers, PC

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