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January 16, 2015 at 1:50 pm #137696noahParticipant
I am suffering a plague of spam to my MailChimp sign-ups.
I removed all embed forms from the websites, but spam subscribers, around 80 a day, were getting through because the Genesis eNews Extended plugin was still active.
I have now disabled it. I used a screen shot of the Genesis eNews Extended sign-up form was great and linked to the MailChimp hosted sign-up, which has captcha.
It is a shame. Is there a simple way of adding captcha to this plugin?
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I'm not aware of any captcha for eNews extended but using double opt-in is a good way of preventing that. I also use Gravity Forms to create email opt-ins so, if you use it yourself, that might be something to consider. You'd just have to style the form and it's container, though.
January 17, 2015 at 4:56 am #137752noahParticipant
Double opt-in has always been active and has had no effect on the spam sign-ups.
I have had to dump Genesis eNews Extended. Can you add a captcha with Gravity Forms? I could not see security addressed on their website, yet it is essential to block bogus sign-ups.January 17, 2015 at 6:59 am #137761
Yes, Gravity Forms is very secure. You can use a captcha or, as an alternative, the "Anti-spam honeypot" form setting, which is really nice because it works behind the scene rather than forcing the completion of a captcha on the front end. Personally, I cannot recall the last time I had an automated spam submission with Gravity Forms, including on client sites.
January 17, 2015 at 10:55 am #137785BadlywiredMember
This is something that worries me, I was made aware by a client of lots of suspected spam MailChimp signups.
Double opt-in was active, so I don't get what is going on
1. Why do it any way, whats the point of spam email signups?
2. Is there a hole in MailChimp that allows adding to a list by bypassing the double optin (e.g. a posts parameter) or are spammers really working out what the confirmation link is?
My techy blog WordPress and stuff badlywired.comJanuary 17, 2015 at 1:58 pm #137793
I use MailChimp myself with double opt-in on both Gravity Forms and eNews Extended and don't have issues with spam. However, I did receive spam signups when I used single opt-in on eNews Extended. I can't speak for MailChimp's system and how exactly spammers do it but a likely reason on why they do it is to enter your email into a spam email list when you email them with your newsletter or whatever you send. If you send them something from a good email address that you check (i.e. your main email rather than something like "[email protected]"), you get the spam emails.
January 17, 2015 at 5:41 pm #137810BadlywiredMember
I did a bit more Googling and found others complaining of spam signups with double opt in on mailchimp.
One says "I believe that bots are injecting email signup spam directly at the Mailchimp's hosted signup forms."
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