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Testing a bad bot firewall
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This forum has experienced a massive increase in traffic over the past few months, hitting over 50% my hosting traffic allowance in April.  From looking at the statistics it turned out that the Bytespider bot alone was responsible for over 90% of the traffic and rogue bots making registration attempts and looking for WordPress, Joomla, etc. vulnerabilities making up most of the rest.

To try tackling Bytespider's excessive resource usage, I have installed the Block Bad Bots / 8G Firewall:
https://phpbb.hifikabin.me.uk/viewtopic.php?t=110
https://perishablepress.com/8g-firewall/

If anyone has any issue with the forum, such as viewing posts on a certain device or web browser, you can mention here.
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