Any of us who have purchased anything online has used ReCaptcha when finalising their purchase. ReCaptchas is a feature that you can add to your website to cut down on fraud.
What is it?
reCaptcha is A free service that Google provides that protects your website from spam and abuse. reCaptcha uses an advanced risk analysis engine that works towards preventing automated software from engaging in illegal or abusive activities on your site.
Are you human?
ReCaptchas offers a simple test to confirm your humanity by clicking a check box associated with the statement,,”I am not a robot?” This feature requires users to verify that they are not a spammer by reading a set of squiggly numbers or lines and typing them into a box.
Google has taken this one step further that will mean that most users won’t have to fill in the box, instead of being greeted by a friendly green tick. The system analyses a user’s engagement with the reCAPTCHA page and their surrounding internet use to determine whether they’re human or not without forcing them to identify letters.
It will only take a single click, and your users will be able to confirm they are not a robot.
I commonly use the reCaptcha feature, and I add it to the bottom of a contact form. Contact forms are a potential area of security vulnerability as they can be subjected to junk or spam mail. There is ‘spambots’ that can fire hundreds and hundred submissions at your website’s contact forms. Unfortunately, this makes it difficult for you to sort out the genuine leads from real clients.
Any website is a potential target for malicious attacks, spam bots or other nefarious activity. By securing your data, you are protecting your customers and your personal information.