You’ve got a great website, but do you still get spam that you don’t want to see through your inbox? Spam hurts everyone and takes time out of your busy schedule to delete the stuff. But wait; my website company insured me they installed all the special plugins to collect spam so this doesn’t happen, but unfortunately this is the case so many times and it still comes through.
Web Candy installs plugins into your site like Askiment and Wordfence Security so we’ve got you covered there, but spam can still happen especially if they manually type into your contact form. Adding Captcha to your Contact Form 7 plugin is free and easy to do but it can be daunting to try and figure out the code as a customer trying to reach you.
This blog post from Digital Telepathy has the captcha alternatives you can use to put on your site. They are not all guaranteed to work through Contact Form 7 but could be worth a try if your having problems in this area.
CAPTCHA stands for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart,” a name that encompasses its function and goal: a robot-administered test that verifies authentic users and weeds out evil bots that inject spam and harvest emails.
Since 2000, CAPTCHAs have been understood as annoying-but-bulletproof, but this understanding is being challenged today (at least the “bulletproof” part). One San Francisco-based startup has claimed to have created an algorithm that cracks CAPTCHAs with 90 percent accuracy. Google Maps’ clever street address-reading algorithm has beckoned the downfall of CAPTCHAs with 99.8 percent accuracy. The robots may be winning.
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