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smeans
Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Tue, 25th Mar '08 7:52 PM

NEED HELP FROM WEBSITE SAVVY PEOPLE

A friend of mine has created a website because she is trying to become a author, well she's already had a poetry book published but wants to move on to novel type books. However her guest book on her website is being spammed by spam bots it appears and she is trying to figure out some way to stop them. Does anyone know of any good programs that will stop the spammers from spamming the site so she doesn't have to go and delete dozens of spam messages a day? Any help would be appreciated.

kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Wed, 26th Mar '08 12:52 AM

My programming partner and I wrote our own that is for our clients.

I'd suggest going to hotscripts.com and maybe you can find a free one - what you want to look for is one that has CAPTCHA built in (a code has to be entered before submission)



davidf
Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Wed, 26th Mar '08 6:52 PM


smeans
Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Wed, 26th Mar '08 8:10 PM

Ahhh well, I thought she was doing the code for the website herself. Nope....it's one of those crappy website makers that she is using. She has no idea how to put the code into the page. She did go and change the file names, like comments.html to something strange like robododge.html and crazy things like that hoping to keep them from rooting out the comments and guest book pages. We'll see how long it lasts before the bots get past that little detour. LOL

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Justin  
Wed, 26th Mar '08 8:44 PM

That won't fix the problem.

If she can't use server side scripts to do the job, there are workarounds using javascript that don't require a capcha-type process at all. I could write one for you quickly - just email me.

Justin


smeans
Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Wed, 26th Mar '08 10:26 PM

She's using Microsoft Frontpage to set up the website, so if that will work then great. Sent ya an email.

kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Wed, 26th Mar '08 11:48 PM

M i c r o s o f t F r o n t p a g e (Kaelin shudders)

kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Wed, 26th Mar '08 11:55 PM

Back to reality. You have to be really careful with what you put on your website that executes scripts, even as something as simple as a contact form or a guestbook (One of the reasons I have always been understanding about 2.0 is I know that dangerous glitches you can find only after programming has been written and you have to find the fixes).

We had a server attack last night the found an exploit on an old website guestbook that I was converting for a client to our new content management system, and since it had 10 years of guestbook entries, we didn't want them "lost"

The perpetrators came in from India & Brazil, and were able to execute an IRC root program that spiked our server to 800 - of course we are very anal retentive about watching these things and was able to stop it, but blew my mind that this 10 year old unused directory was hit...she needs to be very savvy about what she is executing - and have someone with some programming knowledge to help her (she needs to get someone highly recommended / trustworthy).

I keep asking my programming partner to write something that will blow up their computer but he won't LOL - but we do have a new really cool script that thwarts them and closes all the IRC channels since they are not allowed/used on our servers.

felix
Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Thu, 27th Mar '08 8:18 AM

I'm ready to help. What? Oh! I thought it said sexy people. Never mind.


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