What is spam? Technically spam occurs when scammers or resellers submit unwanted information through online forms to phish or send abusive messages. In other words, form spam is when unwanted messages pass through the website’s forms without the owner’s knowledge. It is also considered a cost-effective form of commercial advertising. If only a few spam message recipients buy the advertised product or services, the spammer will make money. More than 95% of emails sent around the world are considered spam.
Comments are an excellent way for website owners to build a community, and readerships and spammers use scripts and other software to create and post spam there. Comments that look like an ad or a random link to an unrelated site are considered comment spam.
This spam type harms sites in several ways, including:
Finding ways to protect the website from malicious spam are essential. Below are some ideas to reduce or prevent different spam types on the website.
Business owners should take the following steps to reduce website spam’s impact.
Spam is big business. Spammers are getting more and more creative to get through tools blocking spam. They use sophisticated spambot programs, and many even employ low-paid people to post their spam messages. It is nearly impossible to stop an actual human from submitting spam manually on-site forms. There is no universal solution to catching all spam types. Using multiple methods helps.
There are some other ways to protect websites from spam flow. Website owners can restrict unwanted flow by using tricky anti-spam questions.
Who is better at counting, man or machine? The bot only needs to convert the question text into a mathematical expression, and the answer is ready. Forcing users to respond with letters rather than numbers can lead to spelling problems and doesn’t necessarily prevent bots from using the built-in dictionary (1 is one, 2 is two, etc.).
Question: Type in the middle the four letters “woeforbots”
Q: Type “noitseuq” backward.
This may work for a while until the bot makers implement the terms you use and what you mean by them (middle X’s, first X’s, last X’s, reverse, etc.) into bots.
Question: Determine Which Item Is Yellow — RoadBananaRedHouse.
When bots come across a question that requires specific knowledge, they can try to search for it on Google. If the question is too specific and the answer doesn’t immediately appear in the search results, brute force is the only way to get through. By brute, we mean bot programmers trying to learn every anti-spam question and then include the answer in the bot.
The more random questions you have, the more difficult it will be to include all the answers in the bot. Many bot creators give up when they see more than ten random logic questions. It is good practice to change questions or add new ones from time to time.
A person needs up to 5 seconds to fill out a registration form on the site. It is necessary to enter the email address, name, and other information requested from him and click the button to confirm the subscription.
It takes a person’s time to enter all this data. However, bots are not limited by the passage of time. They fill out the form instantly.
Tracking form completion times is a great way to check all registered email addresses initially. You may also adjust the time depending on your personal needs: the number of forms and fields you need to fill out.
Take it into account when setting the cutoff time. However, there are some disadvantages. Having autocomplete options allows user databases to populate contact questions that they also use automatically.
Setting time limits makes the process time-consuming, but they will be beneficial if your forms require additional information or work.
There is no one-click solution to prevent spam from accumulating in the inbox — it’s a balance between prevention methods and email filters.
What to do? The email owner should take the following steps to prevent spam flow to the inbox.
For the above points to work effectively, you should not do the steps below:
Spammers are annoying, and as long as the cost of spamming is much lower than the return, there will always be spammers. And the arms race against spam bots will continue to escalate. But hopefully, with the combination of the tools listed here, you will have a strategy that will last for several years.
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