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spambot registrations--captcha protection? (23 posts)

  1. richards1052
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I've just started getting a few of what appear to be spambot registrations at my blog. I'm almost certain this is what they are because as soon as they register, my Subscribe2 plugin daily digest notice sent to them bounces with a "user unknown" message.

    Has anyone heard of a captcha feature for blog registration or some other way to protect fr. bot registrations?

    I should add that I have SK2 & BB installed & they are successfully blocking comment spam--but not contact form & registration spam.

  2. spencerp
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    You might find what you need, over here.. Good luck!

    spencerp

  3. richards1052
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I don't see anything there that specifically deals w. preventing registrations by spambots which is my problem.

  4. spencerp
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Weeell, I might know of one, but it hasn't been released yet, and not sure if I can actually share it. At the moment, I'm using it, and it's still being "tested"..

    Description of it is: "Stop comment spam before it starts by trapping and blocking spambots before they have a chance to post comments."

    I'll see what I can do..

    spencerp
    /P.S. It's working just great for me.. whee!

  5. richards1052
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    No, not "comment spam," but rather REGISTRATION spam. I have plenty of comment spam protection. It's registration spam help I need.

  6. Cornell_Finch
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Richard

    To be entirely honest, unless you want other people to register (say for author purposes) then I would turn off registration altogether.

    Most browsers "remember" details in forms so regular commenters won't have to fill in details every time.

    I have always found Captchas a great way to put off potential visitors/registrants (but that's an entirely different story!)

    UPDATE: I've just had a quick look through the codex and from what I can see there are no plugins (yet) for registration captchas or similar.

    Collin

  7. alainS
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Aditional spam preventing from friend of mine. It's easy :

    Add another txt field in your form and hide it with CSS.
    Than check when posting if field is empty or not. If not...it's almost a spam-bot.

    The method is so basic but usefull.

  8. richards1052
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Cornell_Finch: I need to retain the registration feature because I have a subscription plugin allowing people to subscribe to specific categories within my blog. The only way they can subscribe to them is by first registering. That's the way this plugin is set up.

  9. whooami
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    if you have mod_security available, here is a nifty trick:

    http://www.village-idiot.org/archives/2006/12/10/more-on-mod_security/

    this can be used on any page that has a form on it, and doesnt require you to "hack" any _core_ wordpress files, like alainS' does.

    You add a text field in your theme file, make the change to your .htaccess and voila, good to go.

  10. exilefromgroggs
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    This does what you are looking for. I had exactly the same problem.

  11. whooami
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    theres a plugin, that is much easier.

    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/100049?replies=1

  12. richards1052
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Exilefromgroggs solution is much more what I need though it does require some hacking.

    Whooami's solution won't help me because it is reactive rather than proactive (as exilefromgroggs notes on his site). In other words, I don't know in advance which e mail addresses or domains the spambots are going to come from. So blacklisting won't help prevent my unknown registrants fr. registering. I need a plugin that will throw the spambot off during the registration process.

    Exilefromgroggs: have you tested yr plugin/hack & how is it working?

  13. SpiderTrap
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    so maybe you can hava a look at my tool. http://www.spider-trap.de/download.html

    Sorry the website is only in german at this time but in the next few weeks i will translate it in english.

  14. exilefromgroggs
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    No spam registrations at all since I did this.

    Oh yeah! :D

  15. billdennis5
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I agree. I don't want a re-active solution. I want spam bots PREVENTED from registering. I'm not a programmer and can';t hack up a solution. I'm hoping someone in the WP community can come up with a way to stop the bots from registering.

  16. razvar
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Here is my litle Captcha check "hack" when registering: http://raz-soft.com/archives/111

    It is based on QuickCaptcha script: http://www.web1marketing.com/resources/tools/quickcaptcha/

    :D

  17. halinagold
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    razvar, when I click on http://raz-soft.com/archives/111
    I get a "page not found error"...

    :-(

  18. razvar
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    server maybe down try again later, it works now...
    sorry :-(

  19. richards1052
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    The hack looks like it would work fine but I was hoping to get an actual plugin so I wouldn't have to do all that file editing myself. I find it too easy to make mistakes when I try to hack files since I'm not a programmer. But I'll try the hack when I get a bit more time.

    I checked out Spider Trap too but since it's designed around a diff. concept I wasn't sure it would defeat 100% of bots trying to register.

  20. whooami
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    meh.

    captchas can be defeated and arent web-friendly.

    http://www.village-idiot.org/archives/2007/04/24/wp-deadbolt-3/

  21. richards1052
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Let me correct my last msg. I didn't notice that Razvar's installation instructions described an "easy" & "step by step" way to install the hack. The "easy" way is indeed easy & trouble free. I've installed it & we'll see how things go.

    I'll also check out "deadbolt."

  22. razvar
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Hi all, i've transformed this little hack in a fully customizable wordpress plugin with 5 different captcha algs to play with. Easy to install like any other wordpress plugin, it can be used on login page as well.. check my home page for downloads, it is in a beta stage but 100% working
    http://raz-soft.com/display-english-posts-only/wordpress-plugin-login-register-anti-spambots-captcha/
    Have fun! :-)

  23. dlo
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    The Sabre plugin is an appropriate answer to this issue.

    You can check it at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sabre

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