Websites and Stalkers / Spammers?

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Hoping to be wrong on this particular subject since it's a suspect so far, I'd like to ask you a technical question anyway about some visitors to my page gathering information for either spamming or stalking purposes.

As far as I know, there are some other options that allow users to enable some control (maybe some widget?) in order to block certain users (their IP addresses) trying to get and misuse our content.

May I ask you if it would be possible for me to enable some related form of control in order to verify which users have visited my page and block them if it is required?.

Thank you very much for your feedback.
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Mario Lopez

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Peter

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Hello Mario,

This is one of the non-fun aspects of web-site building.

You can block access to your code but it does inhibit many functions and is seen as a negative action. It's very difficult to block individuals coming to your site. Simply because their IP addresses change every few days like yours and mine.

If you act fairly quickly you can identify current IP addresses of visitors, these IP addresses are dynamic and volatile so it really means doing the work very quickly. If you sign up with clicky.com they show all the IP's of all visitors. It doesn't identify who these visitors are as real people. Identification of this can simply give you data. Then you would follow some procedure to communicate with the ISP of the offender and submit a report. Then wait for their response.

Stalking is serious and you should take some advice from a specialist on this issue. Suggest an email to support@yola.com to start.

Identifying plagiarised material is quite easy. Here is a free trick that academics use: Simply type a sentence or paragraph into Google Search. It will find a match and if this is your original material you have found copied material. Please be aware that certain phrases are commonly used and it will pick up these non-plagiarised phrases. You would have to look beyond commonly used phrases to the over-all to identify your work.
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I just thought that a note on copyright may be appropriate Mario.

Any and all intellectual property that you create belongs to you by default as soon as you put this idea down on some media. paper, metal, rock, plaster or electronic media. You don't even have to notify the fact.

It may be a good idea to state on your site that the content and overall design is your copyright. it's sort of a prompt.

There may also be material that you would allow people to use under certain conditions. An excellent resource for learning and using this is with Creative Commons. This is a multi jurisdiction legally binding and free license that you create. It has various levels and these are all explained clearly on their web-site. It's regarded by ISP's and web-hosting companies as effective and they will support you in any claims of copyright infringement.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b...

I wish you good luck with all of this Mario and hope that it soon becomes a thing of the past.
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Dear Peter,

Thank you very much for your kind feedback; I think that emailing Yola is a good idea so, if I continue noticing some strange, I'll do it immediately; in doing so, I hope to gather more concrete evidence.

Even though I use sitemeter.com in order to gather information about visitors, I think it can deliver similar statistics like clicky.com but in any circumstance, I'll pay a closer attention to this issue.

On the other hand, about Creative Commons, I recently heard about them, therefore, based on your kind suggestion, I'll create the appropriate license.

I do appreciate your kind suggestions and support my friend.

Warm regards.
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KanThaiDecor

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Are you already having a problem? If so you should contact support as Peter suggests.

If you are being cautious ahead of time there are a few things I think can help...First off when posting your E mail address on your site consider using this http://recaptcha.net/whyrecaptcha.html it will help keep the spam bots from harvesting your e mail and using it to spam others (Got that from our good friend Peter by the way)

Be careful in just how far you go with posting personal information.

Maybe consider buying your domain and paying the extra money to keep it private....this helps with not being spammed also.

As far as blocking an IP Address aside from most of them being dynamic many know how to use a proxy server to hide their true IP Address and get around being blocked.
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Dear John,

Thank you very much for your kind reply; yes, I'm trying to be as cautious as possible ahead of problems; I'll also certainly follow your kind suggestion about recaptcha as a protection tool.

Although a friend of mine told me something about proxy servers, being unfamiliar to IT issues, I'll try to get some guidance as to how to use those servers.

Thank you very much for your assistance my friend.
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KanThaiDecor

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Concerning the proxy servers....I did not mean to confuse you...I did not mean for you to use proxy servers....It is one way spammers or stalkers can get around you trying to block them.
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Hi Mario

The nature of the internet is anyone can see what you have on your web pages - this is the point of the internet.

If you have info you want to share but you dont want it to be public knowledge, the best way to go about it is password protect your pages.

Easily done in Yola.

Lee.
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Lee,

Thank you very much for your kind reply; I read something yesterday about password protections, therefore, I'll check more closely how to do it.

Kind regards.
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Spamming is a severe annoyance.
Copyright infringement is likely to be illegal
Stalking may be criminal.

You are NOT responsible for others breaking the law and doing these actions. They are.
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Hi Mario

3 of our community champs have given you some great advice.

If you want to learn more about password protection for your site, see: http://www.yola.com/customer-support/...

Thanks for the question, and the good discussion. I am sure it will benefit many people.
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Mario Lopez

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Dear Monique,

I also thank you for your kind support; I'll visit the link you suggests in order to take appropriate protection steps.

Kind regards.
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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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I would just like to add that if you experience any of these problems, let us know and we can advise you on how to report them. If a Yola site is in violation you can report it here: http://www.yola.com/report-abuse, and we will take the appropriate action. If it is a general internet user who is infringing on your rights, there are other ways of lodging your complaint. Please note that any advice we share is for information purposes only and not to be viewed as legal advice. There are professionals with legal training you could approach should the need arise. However, you can try the other steps suggested here before going this route.