Preventing and Monitoring Web Form Spam

Owen Yorio

The Cowbell Agency

If you own a website, you should know by now how pervasive web form spam can be. It can start as a nuisance, but can quickly turn into an actual security threat. While the constant unusable “leads” are an issue, a greater threat is someone trying to take over your site. That is why it is important to take some precautionary steps to prevent this invasive spam.

Annoying Spam

These and other AI downsides and challenges need to be considered before allowing yourself to be assimilated. One important consideration with using AI is maintaining your brand voice. It’s important to tailor and customize the AI-generated content for your audience, as it relates to your brand. This way customers still get to experience that personal customized touch, and businesses can still enjoy time-saving content creation. 

Phishing Spam

There are also types of spam that are sent out by a computer system designed to send out phishing submissions to a site. This information could be used to trick site admins or other notification receivers at a company to click on links, or hand out personal information that could be used against them. These types of spam form submissions are easily avoided for people who understand what these look like. It is also important to avoid clicking on any links you may come across in these web form submissions, as they could have malware attached to them, or on the link’s destination.

Malicious Spam

Another type or web form scam can potentially give site control over to a would-be hacker. If your site is not properly maintained and monitored, there could be holes left in its defenses. If there are any of these in our site, a web form could turn into an open doorway for malicious content. It is important to constantly be checking on your site, and monitoring it for any strange changes. Keeping any backend themes and plugins updated is another great way to make sure that doorway stays closed.

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