.htaccess to prevent spambot


#1

Any .htaccess know how to stop spambots from going directly to this URL?

http://www.mydomain.com/profile.php?mode=register

It’s for PHPbb, which doesn’t do much to stop spammers from registering. I’m hoping to block anything that doesn’t have a REFERER of mydomain.com

-Scott


#2

[quote]Any .htaccess know how to stop spambots from going directly to this URL?

http://www.mydomain.com/profile.php?mode=register

It’s for PHPbb, which doesn’t do much to stop spammers from registering. I’m hoping to block anything that doesn’t have a REFERER of mydomain.com

-Scott [/quote]
Doesn’t phpBB allow you to have a verification letter sent when someone registers at your message board? Other message board systems provide that plus a graphical interface with text that you must manually enter accurately.

I use MyBB and vBulletin. The former is free; the latter isn’t. But the former is much, much better than phpBB as far as a standard product is concerned.

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#3

The verification letter just prevents the user from posting, but they can still register and include a link to their website that shows up in the userlist.

The CAPTCHA included in phpBB is apparently easily bypassed or figured by spambots.

I’ve since found a mod that throws a wrench into the spambot process, so I’m hoping that works.

I’ve never heard of MyBB, but I’m familiar with vBulletin. I already have enough work put into phpBB not to want to change over to something else. I’m crossing my fingers for now that the latest mod will help.

-Scott


#4

In both cases, there are ways to import your posts to the new boards, so you won’t lose everything. There may be an issue with user passwords. I went through that with a move from SMF to vBulletin for one of our boards last December, but it turned out to be essentially a non-issue.

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#5

I’ve never tried it, but this plugin is one of the top Google results for stopping phpBB spam bot registrations.


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#6

Cool, I’ll keep that one in mind if my current one’s not that effective.

-Scott


#7

also one other my friend found very effective

http://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopic.php?t=472754

beerorkid.com


#8

if you really like tweaking research mod_security

otherwise

http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=mod_rewrite+spam

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#9

The mod I installed is Raven’s Antispam. It seems to be working for now.
http://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopic.php?t=507016

-Scott