Upgrade Pinnacle Cart to Invisible reCAPTCHA

reCAPTCHA is the security measure we all love to hate.  It is a necessary evil, as without it your forms will get hammered by robots wanting to sell you little blue pills or tell you about the fortune you just inherited from a Nigerian businessman.  For those of you who are not familiar, here is what v1 of reCAPTCHA looks like:

Google reCAPTCHA v1

That is a zoomed in version of it, it usually is much smaller and the words are much more difficult to read.  Sometimes it will have you read street signs, other times excerpts from old books (as shown above). Failing to decipher those cryptic words too many times will force you to identify pictures of storefronts, cats, houses, etc.  By the time customers get to that point, they have usually just abandoned the page in frustration.


Google released a newer version a while back that just requires the user to click a box:

Google reCAPTCHA V2

A definite improvement, but still an extra step your customer has to take to progress through your forms.

reCAPTCHA V1 Retirement

Google recently announced that they would be discontinuing the v1 API in March of 2018:


We announced the reCAPTCHA v1 deprecation in May 2016. Starting in November 2017, a small percentage of reCAPTCHA v1 traffic will begin to show a notice informing users that the old API will soon be retired. Any calls to the v1 API will not work after March 31, 2018.


What does this mean for you?  If you are running v1 of reCAPTCHA (as all Pinnacle Cart 3.7 sites do by default), you will need to upgrade or turn off reCAPTCHA ASAP.  The last thing you want your customers to see is a message from Google saying something on your web site is being retired.  As of March 31, 2018, it won’t work at all.

Upgrade to Invisible reCAPTCHA

Google recently announced their newest creation, Invisible reCAPTCHA.  This is a completely invisible version that uses advanced algorithms to detect and block robots.  No more interpretations, matching games or box clicking – woo hoo!  It will still offer all of the protection of the old reCAPTCHA, but your customers will never even know it is there.  We can upgrade you to Invisible reCaptcha for $200.  Hurry, Google will retire V1 next month!