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    Do you as a Free Hosting provider monitor users for spam/scams activity?

    I know most free hosting providers have hundreds of users. It must be difficult to monitor for spam/scams email activity. So I was wonder what methods do other free hosting providers use to monitor for this. Besides limitations on messages sent or cronjobs. If send mail is on it can be done by script. The the transfer rate will increase. So manually look for the script? Or what the heck just allow them to as long as there quota is not exceeded.

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    I would have thought that free hosts would attract spammers and scammers?

    I would personally user rkhunter and maldet to regularly scan the server as well as having mod_security installed

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    My freehost I set emails to 30 per day and by request I will lift the limit after I've determined they are a honest webmaster looking to use our servers for legit reasons.

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    Free hosting is good for spammer. Security ... I doubt in their security.

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    As a free web hosting provider, administrators should take care of spam/scam activities. After all, data protection is always important and comes first even if the customers are getting free hosting service.

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    I have a P4H host and of course that I do a weekly check of user sites and terminate accounts that are a risk. Every host company should do a check once a while.
    Visit our reliable Post to Host "House of free P4H Host" http://socialzone.us
    "There is not free hosting, therefore we offer P4H because free hosting need $ for server cost, our customers pay with post in our forums something that is painless. "

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    Best thing is to always check server logs. Monitor emails that are being sent out, etc.

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    I found a php file in an image directory a while back, it was a mailer. The sent message was one of those Nigeria scam mail. I think the user had a cron job set to run the script. I came across it after noticing a lot of bandwidth but not many visitors. I thought how can a hosting company with hundreds of sites manually go over files. One site at a time I guess.

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    I as a space socket moderator do monitor this.

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    If you're just getting started, nothing is quite like watching signups (not like the gestappo, but keeping a diligent eye on things) for a few weeks after they sign up. Most abusers will do it right away, they don't have the patience to wait around.

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    I use the WHM mail reports. It gives me graphs of how many emails are being sent out, how many per hour, etc.

    I check every day, throughout the day.

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    Yes, there are many ways to keep an eye on your users, but for providers attempting to use the same model as paid webhosts there are several kinds of tools available. The free tools from 1H.com among them.
    http://www.againstsilence.com/ by L2P
    99.8% uptime since May 2007 || 99.95% uptime in 2013|| Offering the best in free webhosting since 2000.

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