How much do you really know about Online Hackers and Scams? This is an amazing phenomenon and open door of opportunities for Criminals. Educate yourself. Educate your family, friends, and members of your Social Community.
As part of a series of educational videos about Hackers and Scams, I will be adding a new Video Episode each week, for the next month+ to the Creators site and JenSocial.
Episode #1 - Stop Hacker Commerce:
Episode #2 - The Trap Is Set:
Episode #3 - Caught In The Web:
Find out more about the report of all Scams - - Offline and Online. Find out if they are myth or fact.
There are 5 features offered on a Ning Network that help prevent Sign-Up Spammers. To set your options, access the features via: My Network/Members/Controls
You can approve all new Members. This definitely helps in the prevention of Sign-Up spammers joining your Ning Network. You may not catch all of them, but most will give you good indicators that they are spammers. If you see repeated words like "i tell you later, i tell you later", or "i'm a good girl looking for love", etc... you can bet your bottom dollar, these are spammers. And of course goes without saying, Do not approve these accounts.
If you do not want to "Approve Members", there are 4 other features that will help prevent Sign-Up Spammers:
Require new members to verify their email address - I advise turning on this feature for all Networks.
Fill out a captcha
An image containing words that users must correctly identify.
I advise turning on this feature, due to most auto-spambots cannot enter a captcha correctly, since it is a never changing "image".
Answer the sign-up quiz
Create a quiz question that new members must answer correctly to join.
You can really get clever on the sign-up quiz question. I saw one where a Network Creator asked "Are you a real person?" and he set the default answer to "No". This will catch a lot of spambots, no doubt.
Definition: A spambot is an automated computer program, or, more rarely, a script, designed to assist in the sending of spam - - and joining Networks for the same purpose in mind, including dropping links to illegal sites.
Another great way to utilize this feature: add a question that only applies to your type network. Add a question that members of your site should know, if they are interested in joining your Network. A great example: A Ning Network for Golf may ask a question like this, "Would you rather have a Birdie or a Bogey?"