Plugin - Google reCAPTCHA 2.0 - No CAPTCHA (Spam protection)

Google released a more advanced version of reCAPTCHA, the No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA. The new technology included allows for a simplified user experience that requires much less interaction from human users, only enforcing the verifications (which got some radical improvements that we'll be presenting further along in this article) if it automatically detects a bot.

Downloading and Installing the plugin
Download

You can download the plugin by logging with your purchase user, then head to Downloads > Paid Downloads > RSForm!Pro > Modules & Plugins > "Google No Captcha ReCAPTCHA".


Install

In the backend of your Joomla! installation go to Extensions > Manage > Install, and upload and install the plugin. Next thing would be to check if the plugin is published, and to do so, navigate to Extensions > Plugins, search for the "System - RSForm! Pro reCAPTCHA v2" plugin and ensure it is published.


What it's all about

Everything in web design seems to be heading towards simplifying the user experience. The old, well-known reCAPTCHA Antispam was very effective for a long enough time but there are two main reasons for which it has become obsolete:

  1. Security-wise, it is no longer suitable (Google states that their recent research shows that modern AI can detect, with a 99.8% accuracy, distorted text and images)
  2. The user experience would get slowed down by the need to always type in the codes necessary to submit forms

The new No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA includes advanced bot detection algorithms and will only enable the verifications if suspicious activity is detected. It includes both the old method of typing in scrambled text, and a brand-new one in which you will be presented with an image and select, from a listing, the images that are associated with it (for example, if you are shown an image of a cat, you will need to select all images of cats from the listing).

RSForm!Pro and No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA

RSForm!Pro keeps up with the latest trends in spam prevention by including a plugin that provides the possibility to add a No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA field to any RSForm!Pro form.

Configuration

After installing and enabling the plugin you will see, in ComponentsRSForm!ProConfiguration that a new tab was added, reCAPTCHAv2:

Three configuration parameters are required:

  • Site Key: You can get this by registering your domain on the Google reCAPTCHA account
  • Secret Key: You can get this by registering your domain on the reCAPTCHA account
  • Language: Auto (Detected by Google) / Site (Joomla! language) - Translate the No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA field in the language used in the frontend. Either let Google detect the language, or use the Joomla! setting.
  • Fallback for users without Javascript: Yes / No - A noscript tag will be added for users without Javascript active, if you'd like to support them.
  • Use async & defer: Yes) / No - Setting this to Yes will set the async and defer attributes on the external ReCAPTCHA script tag.
 
  • If you are an old reCAPTCHA user, there's no need to generate new keys for your domain, you can simply use the old reCAPTCHA Public and Private keys.
  • If you're new to reCAPTCHA, use this link to get a reCAPTCHA account (Google account is required).
The Form Field

To add a No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA field to your form, head to ComponentsRSForm!ProManage Forms — edit your form — Components — scroll down to reCAPTCHA v2 and click on it. The field includes the following configuration tabs:

General

  • Name: Type in an internal name for the field
  • Caption: Type in the field's caption. This will be visible in the frontend
  • Description: Type in a description for the field. Also visible in the frontend

Validations

  • Validation Message: Provide a validation message that will be displayed if the field fails validation

Attributes

  • Theme: Light / Dark - Choose a visual theme for the field
  • Type: Image / Audio - Choose a verification method
  • Size: Normal / Compact / Invisible - Choose the HTML size attribute for the verification field
  • Additional Attributes: Here you can add additional HTML attributes for the input field

The Invisible reCaptcha comes with a Badge Location functionality which allows you to choose between the following positions: Inline / Bottom Left / Bottom Right


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