No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA: Simpler & More Secure


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Wondering what we’ve been working on? We’re implementing Google’s reCAPTCHA for FormAssembly forms (only on Form Builder Version 4.4.0 and newer) that have CAPTCHA enabled. Here are the key benefits to users:

  • A Reduction in Spam – reCAPTCHA is harder for robots to solve.
  • Improved Appearance – The streamlined appearance doesn’t clash with your forms.
  • Easier for Humans to Complete – One click required instead of identifying jumbled text.

How Does reCAPTCHA work?

Google’s new reCAPTCHA (also called No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA) requires users to simply click a box to verify that they’re a human. Using advanced risk analysis, the new reCAPTCHA “considers a user’s entire engagement with the CAPTCHA—before, during, and after—to determine whether that user is a human” according to Google’s blog. Here is a comparison of what the old CAPTCHA looked like, compared to the new reCAPTCHA.

How Secure Can a Checkbox Be?

Distorted text CAPTCHAs might seem secure, but they’re not as safe as you might think. According to Google, artificial intelligence has a 99.8% accuracy rate for completing text CAPTCHAs. But because the No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA takes into account all actions of a user, it does a better job of distinguishing between humans and non-humans. And if there’s any question whether you’re human or not, the reCAPTCHA will ask a backup question, such as one requiring you to answer questions based on images. ——– Let us know if you have any questions on the reCAPTCHA, and we’ll be happy to help you out. Happy form building!

Note: reCAPTCHA is currently only available for Form Builder 4.4.0 and higher. We recommend that you upgrade to Form Builder 5.0, the latest version of FormAssembly as we plan to retire older versions of the Form Builder, including 4.2 and previous.

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