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Unauthorized user registration - potential spam bots

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Hello Guys,
A website I have been working on has unauthorized users created. There have been a dozen accounts created, with suspicious emails, and usernames. The potential spam bots are NOT enabled or activated.
I have deleted the accounts only to notice some are back with different email strings (within a couple of days). Any suggestions? I would not like the website to be a host of potential spam emails, and malware.

Thank you :p

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3 Answers

Paul Frankowski - Staff

More than a month ago #Permalink
1) Block all traffic from RU (block IP from Russia Federation)
I do it every time for new sites.
2) Install firewall
3) Disable the ability to register new users if you do not need them.
4) Enable reCaptcha for user registration
5) Redirect all registrations to Custom Registration form with hidden field
6) K2 component is also main guilty of spam users.

It allows you to reduce number of fake accounts.
For J2.5. there was also plugin which could delete fake accounts after 24h from registration, but I am not sure if still work on j3.8.
Some facts:
The majority of such registrations are coming from botnets, infected machines, script kiddys and generally all kind of bots.

Philip Cabezas

More than a month ago #Permalink
Thank you

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