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03
Apr
2013

Targeting Spam

Bang2Joom blog: Targeting Spam

Spam (shortened from spiced ham) is a canned precooked meat product made by the Hormel Foods Corporation, first introduced in 1937. Hmm, wait, it has nothing to do with you if you are an IT geek. SPAM is the use of electronic messaging systems to send unsolicited bulk messages, especially advertising, indiscriminately.

 


ALERT! Spams can cause headaches.


So, this is what happened. This past week bang2joom.com has become a target for spammers. Every single day when clicking on a link in my inbox would lead me to spam registrations and forum posts. Ugh! This was really stressful! So, what to do? Leaving it hang there is not an option and would definitely harm our reputation but hey?! Deleting every single one would not cease the problem, either. So, I set my mind on researching more on this topic and finding the solution. And as a true Joomla! user, I care for you too, so I am blogging about SPAM helping you protect your Joomla! website from spammers.


Let's have a look at how spammers can target your site, and some simple methods on how to prevent this. We shall take a look at the two most common types of spam your site can get affected by.

 


Let's break it down. What kinds of Spam do exist?


There are many types of spam, however, I am going to introduce two of them, which occur a lot with your Joomla! website. Registration Spam is the number one enemy in the Spam war. This is the type of Spam that can occur frequently with a Joomla! website, so be aware! The other type is Comment and Forum Spam. Have a forum and comment component on your Joomla! website? If so, you are more likely to get spammed with different "smart" texts and links.

 

The main issue is HOW TO STOP getting SPAM when your Joomla! website gets affected?


First make sure the person on your website is human. How? The answer is Captcha, Captcha and again Captcha! Captchas vary starting from ReCaptcha, Plain Image Captcha up to Picture Identification Captcha, Mathematical captcha. Make sure you have also an audio version available for those who have some visual or other issues.


All of the captcha versions are to identify "humans" from "non-humans". However, there are many people who get hired to go through registration processes, so it's not a problem for them to pass through the registration step. Basically, the Captcha is just the first step. What do you do, then, if spammers got through the registration process and begin inserting links in your forums, leave a spam-comment in your blog? This is where some really mighty databases come to help Joomla! Here are some of the most popular ones: Akismet, Mollom, Honey Pot.


We at Bang2Joom personally like Project Honey Pot, so does sh404SEF. Honey pot has all the famous spammers IP addresses, usernames and e-mails in Blacklists, so you can install a decent component and it will do the job really quietly. It checks all the above mentioned information in the famous spammers list (in blacklists) and makes a barrier for them to access your website! And the best thing again, all of this is done quietly, really quietly, they won't suspect anything! Got some "spammers list" on your own? Add them to blacklists in Project Honeypot and join this massive war against spammers!

 

 

Spam? It is a choice!


Act now! Protect your Joomla! website from spammers!