What is reCAPTCHA? Webform Security

Do you have web forms? You should know what reCAPTCHA is. The primary goal of reCAPTCHA is to provide a practical and effective means of website security by leveraging human cognitive abilities to defeat automated bots. It is an excellent security tool to keep your website safe and your website forms safely submitting and it does much more than just protect your online forms. reCAPTCHA is a free service from Google that helps protect websites from spam and abuse. A “CAPTCHA” is a Turing Test designed to distinguish humans from robots. It is easy for humans to solve but hard for bots and other malicious software to figure out. Once installed, reCAPTCHA is a free service that protects your website from spam and abuse. reCAPTCHA utilizes an advanced risk analysis engine and adaptive CAPTCHAs to prevent automated software from engaging in abusive activities on your site. It accomplishes this while allowing valid users to pass through with ease. reCAPTCHA v3 is a new version that detects abusive traffic on your website without causing user friction. It assigns a score to each request you send to reCAPTCHA and provides more flexibility to combat spam and abuse in your own way. v3 requires very little participation from the end user compared to previous versions of reCAPTCHA.

At First Wave, we always strive to protect your website with the best security measures possible. Until recently, both versions 2 and 3 of reCAPTCHA were working fine. As security needs increase on the World Wide Web, various upgrades for each version are released. We have recently noticed that v2 is sometimes being rejected and the forms are not being submitted properly. Therefore, we suggest upgrading to the latest reCAPTCHA version, v3.

We have seen cases where reCAPTCHA fails without any warning or bounce back, and we understand the importance of your leads. For First Wave clients who do not have a server-side email account, one will be provided as a failsafe backup. However, it is still recommended you upgrade to v3. We also offer added security and premium AI features with Gravity Forms.

Below are visual examples of how reCAPTCHA v2 and v3 appear on a website. One of the upgrades is the ease of use for end-users. In v3, the user does not have to do anything special to bypass the reCAPTCHA.


Version 2 reCAPTCHA and Honey Pot

This is a link to some FAQs from Google https://developers.google.com/recaptcha/docs/faq

Below is a great video explaining how the reCAPTCHA v3 security tool works.

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