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Re^3: Is using 'Cookies' impractical for 'Contact Us' forms?

by adrianh (Chancellor)
on Jul 07, 2006 at 08:53 UTC ( #559743=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Is using 'Cookies' impractical for 'Contact Us' forms?
in thread Is using 'Cookies' impractical for 'Contact Us' forms?

Several folks I have been conversing with are tired of the spam they receive from their 'Contact Us' and other forms (e.g. bogus account signups, multiple submissions, bots, etc.), so I'm trying to be proactive.

If it really is just a 'Contact Us' form I wouldn't worry. There's a reason for evil folk to attack account registration forms - but contact us forms? Very rarely a problem in my experience.

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Re^4: Is using 'Cookies' impractical for 'Contact Us' forms?
by gellyfish (Monsignor) on Jul 07, 2006 at 09:09 UTC

    On the NMS support list we actually do see quite a few people reporting "spamming attacks" on both FormMail and TFmail installations used as "Contact Forms". Often these appear to be simply probes to determine whether the program can be exploited to send spam to a third party but we also have seen an increase in people getting stuff that looks like the "spammer" was actually targetting something like phpBB with comment spam; this is probably some robot indiscriminately submitting the data to any likely looking web application.

    In the relatively low volumes that people tend to get this could be shrugged of as a mere irritation, but it could get to be a serious nuisance if one had a large number of forms.


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