For as long as the internet has been around, there have been people trying to exploit it. Spammers and bots love to automatically fill out your forms, clogging your inbox with SPAM. reCAPTCHA was the first attempt at thwarting them, but it was not a perfect solution. I can’t think of anytone who enjoyed trying to decipher the text like you see below:
If you fail to translate those words, you will then have 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. reCAPTCHA was also cracked years ago, meaning it is rather ineffective as many bots can get right around it.
reCAPTCHA V1 Retirement
Google retired V1 of reCAPTCHA 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), your site is now showing this to your customers:
Obviously that isn’t something you want your customers to see, as it makes your site look insecure and also throws up a barrier to registration. As of March 31, 2018, your forms won’t work at all.
Google released a newer version a while back that just requires the user to click a box:
A definite improvement, but still an extra step your customer has to take to progress through your forms, and you don’t want ANY roadblocks for your customers.
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. How does it work you ask? Your guess is as good as mine, but I can definitely confirm that it does stop all automated form submission. You’ll still get the occasional spammer who manually fills out the form hundreds of times (I’ll never understand what they get out of that) but it will block all bots.
We have successfully integrated Invisible reCaptcha into both the 3.7 and 3.7 versions of Pinnacle Cart. The only thing your customers will see on your secure forms will be a small reCAPTCHA icon in the lower right corner. They won’t have to fill out anything or click anything. Beautiful right?
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