Are Forms Protected by a CAPTCHA?

CAPTCHA challenge image We often get questions asking whether FormSmarts web forms are protected against automated submissions by a CAPTCHA. A CAPTCHA is a challenge-response test used to determine whether the user is human.

Yes, we do use CAPTCHA tests, but not every time a form is submitted. Instead, the form handler decides each time whether or not to require a CAPTCHA test (and other verifications), based on unobtrusive analysis by our form spam blocker of the information submitted.

This saves time to every one, and reduces form abandonment.

Asking the user to complete a CAPTCHA test for every form submission affects form usability and accessibility.

2 Responses to “Are Forms Protected by a CAPTCHA?”

I am very interested in upgrading to a paid version of your product. However, I would like to know how you provide protection against spambots and spammers who manually use a webform to send out spam related messages. I have run into a problem or vulnerability in which a spambot is sending out mass amounts of spam messages to a recipient. After reading your blogs I believe these idiots are conducting these tasks to improve their search engine rankings.

If I upgrade to a paid version of your product, do you have any money back guarantees if for some reason the service isn’t doing what I need? I particularly need maximum security protection against these spam bots.

Also, does your service use CGI, ASP, PHP?? What type of programming languages are used to validate form content.

Finally, what type of CAPTCHA techniques are implemented in your pro version?

Thanks for any information,

Posted by: Mike Casimir | Apr 1st, 2009 3:47 am

Both the Standard (free) and Pro versions of FormSmarts include form spam protection. We use various techniques to stop form spam, including CAPTCHA when needed, depending on the threat identified in real time for each form submission. You can learn more here.

Regarding your question about programming languages, FormSmarts is a hosted service, so the technology used on our server is transparent to our customers.

FormSmarts Posted by: FormSmarts | Apr 1st, 2009 4:36 am

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