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wpForo 1.x.x [Solved] How to prevent spam user sign up and password change

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JanJan
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Hi,

On https://authentic-self-empowerment.com/ase-supervision-group-forum/ we have sign ups with subsequent password changes. This forum is meant to only be accessible for certain users of ours as it is accessible through a password protected page only and should not be found on the web otherwise. Are you able to advise how to protect this page from spammers? The link has been shared with our people and in this forum, not otherwise. Thanks, Jana

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Sofy
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Hi @janjan,

Please read this FAQ:  https://wpforo.com/community/faq/how-to-stop-spam/

JanJan
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Hello @Sofy, Following up on your link above, having reCAPTCHA activated for new member signups ( https://authentic-self-empowerment.com/ase-supervision-group-forum/) there are still spam registrations which exceed 5 spam signups per day (making reference to the FAQ in your link). What else could be checked in order to reduce the spam registrations please?

 

dimalifragis
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There is NO way to stop manual registrations.

You could try also a security plugin.

JanJan
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@dimalifragis. It does not seem like manual registrations. The security plugins installed are WPBruiser, Akismet, Astra Security Suite – Firewall & Malware Scan, WP Hardening. I have inserted a fresh set of reCAPTCHA keys for the foro spam control but still getting bombarded with spam registrations, mainly from 2 domains. What else can I do or how can those domains be blocked? Thanks

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Chris
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@janjan,

Human spam cannot be stopped. You can stop only robot spam.

Please remember, not all spams are robots. So you'll still have 1-5 spam registered users per day even if you use all antispam solutions around the world. Because those solutions are made to detect robots. Human spam cannot be 100% stopped. There are lots of people who earn money for manual registration in forums and for posting spam content. So if you have less than 5 spam users posts per day, it means your forum is protected very well! 99% of bot spams are already stopped. You only have a human spam. These guys are real human, they register as other real members of your forum. So the antispam solutions have no any chance to stop them.

dimalifragis
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Posted by: @janjan

@dimalifragis. It does not seem like manual registrations. The security plugins installed are WPBruiser, Akismet, Astra Security Suite – Firewall & Malware Scan, WP Hardening. I have inserted a fresh set of reCAPTCHA keys for the foro spam control but still getting bombarded with spam registrations, mainly from 2 domains. What else can I do or how can those domains be blocked? Thanks

So many security plugins are a waste of time and speed. No need for so many.

If they are 2-3 domains, block those domains.

https://wordpress.org/plugins/ban-hammer/

 

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