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honeypot spam protection method versus the reCaptcha method

  1. Is the honeypot spam protection method versus the reCaptcha method better or worse? Can someone please elaborate a little more on the honeypot spam protection method? The reCaptcha method is pretty straightforward but I don't know how the other one works.

    Posted 6 years ago on Thursday June 13, 2013 | Permalink
  2. David Peralty
    Administrator

    Here is the information from Drupal's site of all places (https://drupal.org/node/1232638):

    Honeypot form protection means that an invisible field is added to a form. If this invisible field is filled out (bots will usually put in a value), then the form will return an error. Normal users (read: human beings) won't ever see the field, so they won't fill it out. Even if they do, the field is labeled in such a way as to indicate the human shouldn't fill out the field.

    This is not foolproof, though, as many spam bots can detect hidden fields, and they can also be adapted to work around a particular field on your site (this isn't typically the case for smaller sites, though). To prevent against this, you are able to change the field's name from the default, 'homepage', to whatever you'd like.

    Posted 6 years ago on Thursday June 13, 2013 | Permalink
  3. So in G-forms is all you need to do is check the box for honey pot spam protection? Or, do yo also need to add a hidden form field?

    Posted 6 years ago on Thursday June 13, 2013 | Permalink
  4. David Peralty
    Administrator

    You just need to check the box for it to work. I suggest you still use a CAPTCHA if you are having spam issues.

    Posted 6 years ago on Thursday June 13, 2013 | Permalink
  5. Ok thanks David. How is that Picatcha working compared to honeypot and Captcha?

    Posted 6 years ago on Thursday June 13, 2013 | Permalink
  6. David Peralty
    Administrator

    It asks you to select a picture. So it will basically be like "if you are human, click the soccer ball" and only one of the images will be a soccer ball.

    Posted 6 years ago on Thursday June 13, 2013 | Permalink
  7. Sounds pretty solid to me.

    Posted 6 years ago on Thursday June 13, 2013 | Permalink
  8. David Peralty
    Administrator

    No problem, glad to have helped.

    Posted 6 years ago on Thursday June 13, 2013 | Permalink

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