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As many of you know with David Dixon's help we started an East Coast Rally website. He and I are the administrators. I now am getting 4-5 emails per day on my personal email about "New User Registrations" which are all coming from yahoo.com and are obvious spammers. Many are trying to sell pharmaceutical products. Is there a way to "filter" new user requests so that legitimate requests can be allowed but these spammers can be filtered out? Sorry, I'm just not that computer savy.

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Carl, I do not know where they are getting your email from on the site, but if you have it listed (as opposed to a link) I would suggest spelling it out to avoid the spammers. Try it like this: Carl at ECR dot com rather than Carl@ecr.com

Those spammers are bots that search for email addresses. My other suggestion would be to set up a throw down email address, strictly for the ECR page although the damage may already be down.

I guess, judging from your previous occupation, that you don't need emails for non-prescription Viagra/Cialis and other drugs from Canada and Mexico?? :):D:)

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As Phil said, it depends on the nature of the email address and why you are exposing it. I don't expose a real email on the websites I run. To be more precise, my email is there, but in the form of a .jpg. Take a look at my contacts page HERE and you will see. Just scroll to the end of the page. To create the .jpg just use Powerpoint and type your emial. Then save the slide in .jpg format instead of powerpoint. Then clip out the text part.....

 

On other sites I don't expose an email at all. You are required to have a valid email from your hosting provider, but that is not generally exposed to bots.

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As Phil said, it depends on the nature of the email address and why you are exposing it. I don't expose a real email on the websites I run. To be more precise, my email is there, but in the form of a .jpg. Take a look at my contacts page HERE and you will see. Just scroll to the end of the page. To create the .jpg just use Powerpoint and type your emial. Then save the slide in .jpg format instead of powerpoint. Then clip out the text part.....

 

On other sites I don't expose an email at all. You are required to have a valid email from your hosting provider, but that is not generally exposed to bots.

Thanks Jack. I guess I wasn't as clear as I need to be to help everyone solve this issue. The personal emails I'm getting are just notifications from the host of "New User Registrations". They are not links or emails direct to the spammers websites, so I'm not concerned about that.

However, as I said, the notifications are everyday. In looking at WordPress plug ins, it looks like we could add one of those little windows that gives a word, numbers, or phrase that must be re-typed to register. Would this stop the bots? And hence stop the flow of notifications except legitimate registrants?

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If you are using Wordpress, there is usually a default page for requesting a login. Drupal has a similar thing. Since I don't require registration to use the site, I hide that function.

 

However, since you should always have a way for somebody to contact the site administrator in case something goes wrong with the site, that will be an access point for spammers. Capcha will help with that.

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Stan, as I was not very clear, all I'm getting is notifications from Wordpress about new registrants. I am not getting direct emails from the spammers themselves but it is obvious that bots are automatically searching out and signing up these spammers then I am notified. 99% have a lengthy yahoo.com email address attached as Wordpress posts their email address for me to view as an administrator. So far no "obvious" porn spammers but lots of "salesman" as discerned from their emails. I'm thinking the Wordpress plug in will eliminate these automatic sign ups by adding the extra sign up step and thus limit the notifications I receive to only legitimate registrants.

 

Stan, Mark, Jack. Again thank you for your help as my computer skills are limited and I'm relying on David's expertise. I have sent him an email but have not got a reply yet, so hopefully we can get corrected soon.

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