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Rick       rick@ibswi.com 12-19-2006 2:52 PM
I've been recently hit with over 300 emails from my online form. Spammers have been able to read and send through the online form. I now have over 300 bad emails in my contact list with no way of eliminating the bad ones without deleting them one at a time. I would like to make our online forms more impervious to the spammers. And a possible way to delete multiple email subscribers at a time.

I know you'll come up with something. Just hopefully sooner than later.
Ryan       ryanj@starpointemarketing.com 12-19-2006 5:59 PM
I completely agree. This should be priority one (1) since EZ-NetTools has been having alot of problems caused by spam recently anyway, fixing this problem would go a LONG way to fixing that.

Ryan
www.starpointemarketing.com
Dan       danboomin@yahoo.com 12-19-2006 7:34 PM
I'm so glad you said something. We also are getting tons of junk forms being filled out that I now have to go thru one by one and decipher if any are legit. This just started happening this week. Not to mention the slam in spam we just all of a sudden started getting. We were lucky to get 2-3 spam in our inbox a MONTH now we're getting hundreds a week. It just BAM, happened. One day cool, the next 3 dozen spams by noon. Now this form thing is driving me nuts. WHAT GIVES?!
Dan       boomindan@yahoo.com 12-28-2006 3:42 PM
I'm starting to get hundreds of these bogus forms a week now. And yes, they keep adding bogus emails to my email list.

To EZ-Net:

What can be done with our forms to repel this bogus form spam? It seems to be an automated program they are using. Is there a way to make sure the email addresses they're using are legit before it sends the form?

I keep getting return mail emails because the email addresses they're using are bogus. We need help now!
Dan       boomindan@yahoo.com 1-3-2007 2:00 PM
It's now getting worse. They've moved on to another, more important, form on our site. It fills in the fields with Viagra tirades. Is EZ-Net doing anything to fix or at least alleviate some of this?

I posed this same question in my last post and have heard no response.
Keith       keith@intlacademy.us 1-9-2007 1:53 PM
I too have been getting those. One thing I considered trying was to change the name of the page (updating links, too) and the name of the form as well. The theory being to break any link to either the form or the page. It wouldn't have to be much of a change, just add a 1 or 0 to the name.

I don't know how well this would work but it may be worth a try. As a last resort changing the email address in the form will fix it.

Other ideas or if anyone has tried this can they report their success, if any?
Ryan       ryanj@starpointemarketing.com 2-6-2007 1:27 PM
I was just contacted by one of my clients asking me to change all the email addresses on their website to *.gif format so they don't keep getting spammed. What a pain. I still don't think that'll take care of it since their email address is still in the code. Any suggestions for a better way to deal with this?
Stephen - EZ-NetTools TechSupport       support@eznettools.net 2-7-2007 2:20 PM
While it might be a pain, changing e-mail addresses to image formats is a good way to go for blocking spammers from retrieving e-mail addresses.

As far as it being in the code, there's not much we can do about that. The way the formbuilder is currently setup, it needs to be in the code so that the form knows who to email. The only way to remove the email address from the code is to opt not to use the formbuilder at all.
Ryan       ryanj@starpointemarketing.com 2-8-2007 12:55 PM
EASY SOLUTION FOR FORMS

Just take the email address out of the form.

The tools should be able to submit the form based on the account (x) number. The server should then be able to match up the account number with the email address stored in the site owner's account and forward the data to that address. That would take the address out of the site's code.

Putting the email address into an image really doesn't fix much. (1) If the image is linked, the address still occurs in the code. (2) The address can't be copied and pasted into their email. (3) It's not accessible. Someone browsing with disabilities or with images turned off won't see the image. An "alt" tag could be used but then the spam-spiders will find that too.

I like how easy the tools are...for beginners but I'm becoming increasingly frustrated with them not being accessible or compatible with CSS. I'm tempted to start switching my accounts to the ever increasing number of less-expensive, feature-rich hosting systems that support CSS.
Ryan       9-14-2007 07:46 AM
Another option would be to provide a way to insert a CAPTCHA into the form near the submit box. In fact, there may already be a way to do it, I'm just not sure what it is. It could be as simple as a field that you label with "What color is grass?" and if the user doesn't enter "green" they can't submit the form.
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