Let’s Stop Spammers and Spam Bots

And keep your email address integrity

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Spammers and Spam Bots can quickly tarnish your email integrity.

And make you look like a Spammer

I’ve never seen it so bad 🙁

The main reason your email address used to get blacklisted as SPAM. Was  because you looked like a spammer because you sent bulk emails from your Outlook or similar email program. Rather than using an email service like MailChip, HubSpot, Constant Contact etc.

Or maybe your email address was scraped off a webpage and sold to and abused by other Spammer.

Great news there is now a solution.

By adding a Plug In to your website. It works by adding a script of code. That makes it look like your email address. However when it’s scrapped it’s unusable by spammers, without decoding it!

Contact us to learn more 

Spam Emails from Your Contact Forms

Yes it’s a pain getting all that junk mail in your inbox. Your form has been filled out however it not a genuine enquiry.

Why does this make us look like SPAMMER?

When your contact form or similar form on you website is submitted. The form sends you an email. And normally an email is also sent to the submitting email address.

So when this happens multiple times in a short time frame. Your mail server and or your email address looks likes it’s Spamming.

If this continues your email address and IP address end up spam blacklists.

Your emails will either end up in your clients Junk Folder or NOT get delivered to clients at all.

This can be costly to business. Then comes the long slow task of getting your email address removed from all the Spam Blacklists it’s been registered on.

Ignoring this it will ONLY Get Worse and end up costing you more.

Spamming using web contact form has being going on for 2 decades.

However it is worse than every, for two main reasons;

  1. The Spammers now use smarter bots that get past most form ‘Humanisers’
  2. They can do it more frequently making it more severe.
  3. Spamming software has become stricter trying to minimise Spam.

    So now you end up in the ‘naughty corner’ … the Spam Blacklists faster for  doing less.

How can Google reCAPTCHA help?

About 15 or 20 years ago website contact forms started to have a field for ‘Humaniser’ recognition. Google had the reCAPTCHA v1.

However many website form builders incorporated their own ‘Humaniser’. This made it quicker and easier for the website owner or us as website developers. Which was fine until the recently. Now Spam Bots are smarter and can easily get past simple ‘Humaniser’ fields.

‘Humaniser’ recognition is just that if you are recognised as a Human and Not a Robot. Then you can ‘Submit’ the contact form.

Which means to submit a form you needed to retype a few jumped letters or solve a math equation.

The best and most effective early version of a ‘Humaniser’ was Google reCAPTCHA v1.

Now that has changed
Unless you install BOTH Google reCATCHA v2 and v3

reCAPTHCHA v1, v2 – https://support.google.com/recaptcha/?hl=en

reCAPTHCHA v1

reCAPTCHA v1

Spam Bots can quickly bypass or solve the standard Form ‘Humaniser’ 

Google solved this the first time with reCAPTCHA v1 then they needed to make it harder for Robots. They brought in reCAPTCHA v2 and then reCAPTCHA v3.

Now you really need both reCAPTCHA v2 and v3, let me explain!

Google reCAPTCHA v2

It’s just a checkbox on your Contact or Booking Form that need clicking.Google reCAPTCHA v2

If you see a green checkmark, congratulations!

You’ve passed the robot test (yes, it’s that easy). You can carry on with what you were doing.

Sometimes Google needs some extra info from you to make sure you’re human and not a robot. So Google will ask you to solve a challenge. Selecting similar images. Or for visually impaired, play an audio and then type what you hear.

You simply follow the on-screen instructions to solve the puzzle and then carry on with submitting the contact form.

Now this can turn people off from completing your website contact form. More time spent with more clicks of the mouse, it’s frustrating. Especially when you need to reselect the same images again and again.

So that’s the main reason why Google brought in reCATGHA v3

https://www.google.com/recaptcha/intro/v3.html

Google reCAPTCHA v2 pick same images

Google v3 reCAPTHA make it easy for Humans and hard for Bots

reCAPTCHA is a free service that helps protects your site from spam and abuse.

How ever now it’s not the total cure! reCAPTHA v3

It uses advanced risk analysis techniques to tell humans and bots apart.

reCAPTCHA v3 helps detect abusive traffic on your website without user interaction.

Instead of showing a CAPTCHA challenge, like with v2. Google reCAPTCHA v3 returns a score so you can choose the most appropriate action for your website.

If installed the v3 logo is normally visible in the bottom right corner of your screen

Watch the video that explains reCAPTHA v3 – https://youtu.be/tbvxFW4UJdU

Now v3 alone may not be enough for the new smarter Spam Bots attaching your forms.

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