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Old 13 Jan 2013, 09:03
leannet leannet is offline
 
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Please help with spam accounts

I'm getting a lot of spam accounts up to 30 a day. I have been deleting these and I recently turned off new members so no one could join. I left it for over 2 weeks and I just turned it back on and had 11 new members within 15 minutes all fake, spam accounts.
Is there any way to help control or stop these ?
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Old 13 Jan 2013, 13:11
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I normally have two pretty effective methods to stop spammers.
#1. reCAPTCHA. Go to http://www.google.com/recaptcha and register to get a Public and Private key. Then, in a new tab/window, open up your Forum's Admin Control Panel and go to vBulletin Options -> Human Verification Manager.
Select the 'reCAPTCHA' button and hit save. After doing so, the page will refresh, and you'll see the reCAPTCHA options. Paste the corresponding public/private keys into the fields then select the color of the reCAPTCHA. Then, you're all done.

ONLY DO THIS STEP IF YOUR FORUM USES HTTPS:
However, if you use https:// for your Forums, you'll need to do some template editing. Under the Human Verification Template group, you'll see the template called 'humanverify_recaptcha'.
Replace the contents of it (shown below):

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

with:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.


#2. An extra registration question effectively stops most bots.
I followed THIS GUIDE (which is very clear and useful) on how to implement an extra registration question.


Regards,
Mark
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Old 13 Jan 2013, 13:42
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http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=289463
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Old 14 Jan 2013, 00:54
leannet leannet is offline
 
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Thank you
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Old 14 Jan 2013, 04:28
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i found Question/Answer to be more efficient then cCaptcha
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Old 15 Jan 2013, 11:34
leannet leannet is offline
 
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I added the question/answer and it stopped for about 4 hours but they are back again, might have to try the cCaptcha

--------------- Added 15 Jan 2013 at 23:04 ---------------

People are getting the question wrong and still getting through.
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Old 07 Feb 2014, 18:35
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How do you actually get vBulletin to use reCaptcha over SSL?

I found in the styles how it's checking for "recaptcha_ssl", but that doesn't appear to be a configuration parameter... Do I have to set a custom variable in each style to enable that?
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Old 07 Feb 2014, 20:14
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Max Taxable Max Taxable is offline
 
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Just end it all without the obsolete gimmicks.

The Era of Big Spam is Over
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Old 07 Feb 2014, 22:32
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Erm SSL is not obsolete... however I know how you meant that so just a for you lol.

Try this: http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=276547

As for SSL in vbulletin it should be a simple matter of setting the BBURL to https://yoursiteurl.com/forum etc and that's it, re-captcha should work fine I was just on a https vbulletin 4 forum and no changes were required so not sure why you're having troubles.

Edit: Although to be fair on that forum I do not believe they use re-captcha so editing may or may not be required, if someone has more insight on this please share as I have not looked into it in-depth at all.
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Old 07 Feb 2014, 23:00
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The trouble looks to be that since we have offloaded SSL to a load-balancer vBulletin does not identify that it's running under SSL - even with bburl set with HTTPS.

I ended up updated the recaptch plugin to always set true for 'recaptcha_ssl' and things are working now.
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