Random Spam Accounts Created

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41global
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Random Spam Accounts Created

Post by 41global » Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:23 pm

Hey Joomla Fam!

I have a issue where I am noticing several spam accounts being created on 3 of my sites. When I look at analytics there is actually no traffic at the sites but somehow these accounts are being created. All plugins and joomla are updated 100%. Is there a anything I can do or check to stop these accounts from being created daily?

Thanks N Advance

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Re: Random Spam Accounts Created

Post by AMurray » Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:15 am

Disabling user registration would be the first suggestion (I know that doesn't help actual legit users). How is your user account activation set - user activated, none, or admin? Are the spam-accounts actually activated or just created? Do you have Google Recaptcha (or any other similar captcha) enabled?

Perhaps this will help - https://extensions.joomla.org/extension ... alidation/ which adds an extra step to the registration process - possibly something an automated bot couldn't do. Perhaps try it and see if the spam registrations drop to nil.

There may be other ways also to manage the spam registrations such as deleting accounts that are not activated within a specified time-frame - such extensions can manage this including https://extensions.joomla.org/extension/regreminder/ or https://extensions.joomla.org/extension ... userprune/.

Hope these suggestions might help you.
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Re: Random Spam Accounts Created

Post by 41global » Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:49 am

Yes i have google recaptcha setup. Activation is set to self and yes some accounts are activated and even logged in but my analytics shows them no where on the sites....thnx

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Re: Random Spam Accounts Created

Post by Webdongle » Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:56 pm

School Holidays? A lot of kiddies creating false accounts?
What are your registration settings?
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