Fake user registration detection is the process of identifying and preventing fake users attempting to sign up for your site. These fake accounts are often used for malicious purposes, such as spamming your content or launching more sophisticated attacks against your site. For example, if your site is a community or ecommerce site, fake users can be used to create fraudulent accounts and steal your data.
Fake user registration detection isn’t just annoying, it can damage your brand image, leading real users to believe that your site is untrustworthy. In addition, these fake accounts can be used to spread malware, phishing scams, and other harmful activities. For this reason, it’s important to have robust fake user registration detection measures in place.
One of the best ways to prevent fake user registrations is to require email confirmation, which will ensure that the email address is valid and that the user is human. Additionally, requiring a double opt-in will significantly reduce the number of fake registrations.
Another way to mitigate fake user registrations is to use a CAPTCHA on your site. This is a test that is easy for humans to pass but difficult for computers, and can help identify bots from real users. However, CAPTCHAs can have a negative impact on user experience and can be defeated by advanced bots.
Many digital businesses only ask for a username, password, and phone number to create new accounts, making it super easy for bad actors to create fake users. By using a multi-tiered approach that includes API lookups and risk scoring, IPQS can provide complete protection against fake user registration fraud, duplicate user accounts and account origination fraud without impacting legitimate user accounts.