Google has announced they will no longer be supporting reCAPTCHA version 1 after March 31, 2018.
What is Google reCAPTCHA?
This is a free service from Google that protects you from spam emails that might be sent via bots and spammers on your website. There are different versions of reCAPTCHA. You'll recognize it from the graphic below.
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What does this mean for your website?
If you are using this popular Google reCAPTCHA on your website to block spammers from sending you spam emails via your contact forms, you'll want to make sure you are using reCAPTCHA version 2.
This may require updating your website plugins and registering your website for use with reCAPTCHA 2 before March 31, 2018.
While you are at it, you may as well use the new Invisible reCAPTCHA version (currently available for WordPress and Joomla), which loads in the background of the website and is meant to make it less frustrating for users by automatically detecting whether you're a human or a bot. A typical human user often no longer needs to fill out a code or select images, or may only need to do so once.
- See the types of reCAPTCHA available here: https://developers.google.com/recaptcha/docs/versions
- To read more about this shutdown of reCAPTCHA version 1, visit: https://developers.google.com/recaptcha/docs/faq
- Google reCAPTCHA developer group: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/recaptcha
If you are an ROI Web Marketing monthly client, your website is either already upgraded to reCAPTCHA 2 or we have plans in place to replace your reCAPTCHA plugin already. :)
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