How to Stop Form Spam: 5 Tips

April 24, 2014 Courtney Brady

Form spam can be a huge annoyance to website administrators. It can skew your analytics results, cause you to spend hours sifting through form submissions, and waste your time, money and effort. Wondering how to stop form spam on your own site? We can help.

These five tips can help you learn how to stop form spam in its tracks:

  1. Always implement a CAPTCHA. On each of your forms, ensure there’s a CAPTCHA area included. These require actual visual skills that a fraud bot can’t fake, and they can keep you from getting illegitimate comments and form submissions.
  2. Use hidden form fields. By including hidden form fields in your CSS, you can trick fraud bots into revealing themselves. They’ll fill out more information than is actually on your site’s visual form, and your submission system will reject them, thereby weeding out the inauthentic submissions from the authentic ones.
  3. Ban and blacklist malicious IP addresses. When you get a fraudulent submission, always mark it as spam and add it to your site’s list of blocked and blacklisted IP addresses. This will keep them from coming back for more in the future.
  4. Utilize the spam filter on your inbox. Most email clients have built-in spam filtering tools. Make sure to use these to weed out spammy form submissions and fraudulent comments. This will stop them from hitting your inbox.
  5. Use Distil Networks. Distil offers comprehensive tools that help you fight form and comment spam and ensure you are only getting genuine, legitimate submissions.

Want to learn more about how to stop form spam on your website? Are you ready to stop it for good? Then contact Distil Networks. We can help you fight fraud bots, prevent click fraud and stop malicious comments and form submissions today. 

About the Author

Courtney Brady

Courtney Brady is the Director of Marketing at Distil Networks. She comes to Distil Networks from a variety of start-up companies, routed in SaaS and DaaS solutions. Formerly the global communications manager at multiple companies, Courtney is responsible for developing the company’s marketing strategy and branding campaign.

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