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How Do You Stop Email Spoofing?


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#1 marveloz

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Posted 16 December 2014 - 03:11 AM

So I just finished building my new website and found out that my email inbox has already got infected by email spoofs, lots of spam mails from my old webpage to get rid of. I got sent about hundreds of spam mails a day and it's funny that my old webpage's address is mentioned in each of the message. How do you guys put a brake on such thing?



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Posted 16 December 2014 - 06:17 AM

SpamAssassin works for me.


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Posted 16 December 2014 - 12:51 PM

Are you getting this spam because someone has harvested your actual email address from your site? If so, consider changing your email address, and not publishing the new address on the site (or anywhere else). Instead, either use a "contact me" form, or use an obfuscator to hide the email address from bots while still making it visible to users.

 

Or, are you getting the spam because you have a "contact us" form, and someone is using a bot to send large numbers of messages through that form. If so, there are many well-established techniques for dealing with that. You could use a Captcha (which I pesonally dislike), or you can try this technique which has worked well for me: A simple way of preventing contact form spam.

 

Mike


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#4 marveloz

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Posted 16 December 2014 - 10:34 PM

I have a contact form on my web page, maybe it is used to attack me? will consider putting captcha on it

 

I already have spamassassin installed and no luck.

 

Is it possible that the use of a nulled theme has something to do with it?

 

I can't share my web page's url here can I?

 

 

you guys are awesome, thank you!



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Posted 17 December 2014 - 12:46 PM

I can't share my web page's url here can I?

 

That's right, ... you can't.

 

 

 

I have a contact form on my web page, maybe it is used to attack me?

It's not being used to "attack" you, but if you allow bots to fire off requests to it without requiring verification, ... then you ARE going to get a very large pile of shi junk email sent to the address.

 

 

A 'nulled' theme????? Kindly elaborate on this.


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Posted 17 December 2014 - 02:03 PM

That's right, ... you can't.

So what about via PM?

 

My webpage is a wordpress and it's using some kinda yarr-harr pirated retail theme with positive rating and comments. It looks more like it's the hosting that is infected, though.



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Posted 17 December 2014 - 04:39 PM

Why on earth would anybody bother "pirating" a WordPress 'theme'??

 

There are hundreds of perfectly good themes available for free and making your own is a relatively trivial task.

 

And of course when you use 'pirated' software YOU do not know what else they have built in while 'cracking' the protection.


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Posted 17 December 2014 - 04:53 PM

Oh and to get into that kind of level necessary to diagnose that kind of problem, needs more than a URL, it needs control panel access so your best bet is to get rid of the suspect theme and hire a developer.

 

Alternatively;

 

Download Chris Coyier's blank theme or HTML5 Reset and build your own.


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Posted 17 December 2014 - 10:16 PM

I think I'm gonna purchase the theme once it starts making profit cuz it's already publicized for like 4 months and got a fair number visitors a day, can't imagine what would happen if I start over. I'm trying to get something to sell and more happy visitors. Right now I'm to broke to even purchase just the theme. I pmed you the url. Thanks bro.






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