Rolling right along with more "most requested features" this week, we've just added spam protection to your website using "Captcha" images. Many members have complained about spam posts showing up in their forum, guestbook, blog, etc. Some members have even gotten up to 200 posts a day! These spam posts are automatically entered by computer programs called "spam bots". In order to make sure that your visitor is really a human and not a spam bot, they will now need to type in some text that appears in an image (called a "Captcha" image) before posting messages on your site. It's quick and easy for a human to do, but impossible for most spam bots. If your visitor is logged-in as a member of your site, they will not have to fill in any Captcha forms. If you have set site features as "members-only" or "posts must be verified" just to avoid spam, go ahead and open them back up! This measure should reduce 99-100% of the spam that you're receiving in your guestbook, forum, blog, etc. If some still gets through, let us know! We've set up our Captcha system to make images that are very easy to read. This makes the system less troublesome for your visitors, but also easier for very advanced spam bots to figure out. If you still get some spam we'll increase the settings on our Captcha generator. Enjoy!
★ Posted on 05/31/2006 | 14 comments ★