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Question How can I prevent spam registration emails?

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3 years 7 months ago - 3 years 7 months ago #1 by urbycoz
I have a Kunena Forum on my site and I'm getting hundreds of spam emails a day from fake email addresses attempting to create an account.

I've tried to prevent these by adding a captcha/recaptcha, but this only seems to be possible for the forum posts themselves.

What should I do?

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Kunena version detailed: Kunena 3.0.6 | 2014-07-28 [ Tala ]
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3 years 7 months ago #2 by 810
I use spam plugin like:
github.com/joomlaworks/Akismet-For-Kunena

but you have also more plugins. see joomla extensions directory

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3 years 7 months ago #3 by rich

I've tried to prevent these by adding a captcha/recaptcha, but this only seems to be possible for the forum posts themselves.

Kunena has no own registration. Joomla and Kunena users are the same. The registration takes about Joomla. For registration you must enable the Captcha - ReCaptcha plugin for Joomla.

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3 years 7 months ago - 3 years 7 months ago #4 by sozzled
Replied by sozzled on topic How can I prevent spam registration emails?

urbycoz wrote: I'm getting hundreds of spam emails a day from fake email addresses attempting to create an account.

What should I do?

First of all, as Rich wrote, Kunena is a Joomla extension. Kunena does not have its own registration tool; Kunena uses whatever Joomla registration component you have installed on your website .

In my opinion, this is not really a question about Kunena—this is more a question about website security but, if the forum moderators want to treat it as a K 3.0 General Questions topic, that's their concern.

The forum here gets questions about spam at least once a week. If you search the forum you will find hundreds (literally) of messages posted about spam!

I am in the process of writing an article about how to protect your Kunena forum from spam—although, as I mentioned earlier, stopping spam is not really a Kunena issue. I get zero spam on the websites that I manage. I use CAPTCHA (as part of my registration process) but I do not rely only on CAPTCHA. I do not use Akismet for Kunena . These kinds of tools only give you a partial reduction in the level of spam but they are not completely effective.

For the moment, the best advice I can give you is to browse through the messages posted in the topic How to protect my forum from spam . There are lots of useful suggestions there.

"The only truly effective remedy against spam is vigilance."


If anyone would like to contact me about my ideas to combat spam, you can reach me on Skype.
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