I am having problems with bots signing up for my forum. can someone help me out on what exactly i need to do in order to stop them from being able to register. i know very little about server side code so as much detail as possible would be helpful. i just recently started messing with the forum part of the website i took over.
Since this seems to be a nice helpful forum I thought I would let you in a little tidbit for preventing bot regs and posts which will work without a bunch of visual confirmation junk. All you need to do is add the following lines to your apache conf file :
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The first two lines just ensure you have the required modules loaded, likely already done but good to double check. It should be obvious that ALL spam bots use the HTTP 1.0 protocol rather than HTTP 1.1. This will not prevent an actual user from registering and posting spam, as a normal browsers access will be via HTTP 1.1, but that is far less prelevant than the onslaught of spam bot activity we seem to be subjected to now.
The fact is this is quite elementary, and if you did not know how to configure apache for something this simple you likely should not be running an apache server at this time, since there are far more dangerous exploits that need to be addressed in order to have anything close to a secured server. You should research how to configure apache for hardened security and implement the proper methods before proceeding to run your server.
If you would like to prevent spam posts from actual users you can do that too, but it is much more involved and may require the AI monitoring software we develop for some servers.
Note: Since the moderators remove important links to text files, and since the filters here do not allow some very important parts of the conf file addtitions, you are going to have to go without my help. These forum are really nothing but a paranoia circus, my advice : learn how to run a website, how to manage server, and how to control a forum without making it unusable.