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  • How to stop spamming on your phpFox community (cont.)

    How to stop spamming on your phpFox community (cont.)

    Last time, we went over some tips on how to prevent your site from spamming by filtering out spammers during the registration process. But the issue remains if the spammers are already active and engaging on your community. And now the real question is: How to isolate them and eliminate their chances to annoy others? Fortunately, phpFox has the perfect answers to this question How to stop spamming on your phpFox community. By integrating 2 effective tools, phpFox allows you to control and reduce bots/spam effortlessly.Let's go over these useful tools to see how they work! Spam Assistance Spam Assistance primarily enables some additional spam-check features to your community. Admin has the flexibility to set a limit for each user behavior on site. From that preset standards, the system will check and mark any user with the violation. Then they will be temporarily dismissed from creating contents until Admin takes any further actions.To enable the Spam Assistance you will need to login to your AdminCP >> Select Spam Assistance under Settings menu.All of the features in this tool can help you to significantly reduce the amount of spam on your website. Admin can enable the Spam Checker and any additional checkers that will check posted comments from all users every few minutes and compare them for duplication. If there is any, this action will be counted as a spam instance from that user.Admin can also set a certain amount of comments a user can post in a period of time and whitelist URLs and emails that you have verified as safe.Above are some scenarios you can apply Spam Assistance to fight again spam on your site. Indeed, there are several other setting depends on your needs and demands. So go ahead and discover all these options and feel free to let us know if you have any inquiry about these.  Ban Filter In most cases, phpFox supports you to detect the right spam target in a very clean and automated way. Ban Filter is a powerful tool for this. The setting offers options to allow the Admin to restrict the access to your community for certain members.To configure the ban filters you will need to login to Admin CP >> Select  Ban Filters from the Maintenance menu. You can choose to ban certain Usernames, Emails, IP addresses, Display names, and Words.If you wish to ban a certain username from being used, you can do so by clicking on the Usernames section and then input that username. You can also manage all existing ban filters for usernames from here. Click on the Add button to add the username to the ban filter. Now when someone tries to make an account with that username he will not be able to do so.Please note this rule is also applied to existing users. If you selected Yes on Ban User option, this will not only forbid the use of such username but also ban the user that is currently using it. The same rules are applied for ban filters of the email and display name.When adding a ban filter on IP address, this will block all connections from that IP address to your website. If you selected Yes on the Ban User, this will automatically ban all existing accounts from that IP.When you add words you wish to ban, you can choose a replacement for the word. This will replace all instances of that word on the entire website. This is an awesome feature if you want to restrict bad languages on your website. Again you can choose if you wish to ban the users that use that word or only to replace it. That's it. We hope with these 2 compelling tools: Spam Assistance & Ban Filter, your community will have an additional protection shield to fight against spams. Your site will be more reliable and full of useful contents without all the spams.We appreciate all your feedback. So feel free to let us know your opinions on these tools to make them better!
  • 5 quick solutions for spam protection on phpFox

    5 quick solutions for spam protection on phpFox

    Social networks are becoming a popular way for internet users to communicate and interact online. People spend hours and hours on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. to talk to friends, read the news, discuss events... Unfortunately, this popularity also attracts a significant amount of spammers who continuously expose malicious behaviors. These behaviors lead to misunderstandings and inconveniences on users' social activities. As the leading solution in building Social Network, phpFox comes right out of the box several tools and options for spam protection on phpFox. In this part 1 of the series, let's explore on how to get these tools and setting activated to prevent spammer to activate on your community. 1. Email Verification The easiest way to eliminate spam is to make it harder for spammers to join in your network. After registering, to be able to login to your network, users have to activate their accounts via a link in the verification email.  This solution adds an extra layer to prevent your site as only real registered users can pass this check.To setup Email Verification, firstly you need to make sure you have correct Mail Server setting which is able to send out emails. Then from AdminCP >> Settings >> Registration Settings >> Turn ON Verify Email At Signup. 2. Captcha Another method to prevent spam bots to disturb your community is to use Captcha. Basically, captcha is a set of required actions which users have to do before performing any action such as register account or post a thread in Forums… By distinguishing human and computer bot, Captcha eliminates all security threats which come from malicious and automated programs. phpFox supports the use of 3 captcha types. Depend on your site’s audience, you can choose the appropriate captcha type which is the most convenient for your users. Basic Captcha A combination of letters & numbers which users have to type in to be able to proceed. reCaptcha The captcha technology by Google. It requires users to click on a certain area as instructed. QR Code phpFox will generate a random character combination in form of the QR code. Scan the code with your phone to reveal the verification code.You can read our guide to enable Captcha. 3. Anti Spam Question This is another solution to get rid of spammers before they can bug out your community. Indeed, adding Anti-spam question and creating your own answers is extremely effective on niche social networks. As you can create a question which is only applicable to your niche community. For instance, the capital city of different states in your country or set the question in another language rather than English. This will totally trick the bots and spammers who are not familiar with your network.For detailed instructions, you can follow our guide to enable Anti-Spam Questions. 4. Approve Users Manually On Registering This setting enables Admin to have the privilege to review registering users before they can be active on your community. After registration, the status of the users will be marked as Pending until Admin approves their memberships.To set up this option, go to AdminCP >> Settings >> Registration Settings >> Turn ON Approve Users. 5. Force Users to Upload Profile Image when registering Force users to upload profile image while registering guarantees false registrations cut back to a manageable amount. Overall, any registration instance has to perform manually, just because it is truly hard for spammers or bots to accomplish this step automatically.In addition, with this setting enabled, users will have a better and more completed profile right after registration.To set up this option, go to AdminCP >> Settings >> Registration Settings >> Turn ON Force Users to Upload Profile Image. We just introduced very first 5 solutions that you can configure quickly to prevent your phpFox Community from Spam. Let try them all today and share us your experiences. PS: We will get back with more solutions on phpFox Core soon. 
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