Google ReCaptcha is both powerful and elegant – it should be on all WordPress sites.
The Shield team is always on the lookout for great ways to improve security. Simple, yet powerful techniques to thwart hackers is the name of the game.
With v5.0 of Shield you now have access to Google ReCaptcha for both WordPress login and comments. It’ll prevent spam, and brute-force bot login attempts.
Find out what ReCaptcha is and how to get it on your site
What is Google ReCaptcha?
You’ll remember the old Google reCaptcha system. It was frankly very frustrating for users and we never liked it.
As you can see in the example to the right how effective it is. Not only did bots struggle with it, but humans did too.
I’m sure it was effective, but it was also quite frustrating.
What’s different with the new Google ReCaptcha?
You’ll have probably started to see this popping up more and more lately… we certainly have.
So we thought we’d investigate and we liked what we saw.
The new system simply works by offering a checkbox that the visitor needs to click. It sends off various data to Google who then respond with success or failure.
In the event that they’re “not sure”, you’ll get a popup window that asks you to complete a simple question. (see screenshot)
After answering the question provided, you’ll be verified and you’ll be able to submit the form as normal.
It’s elegant. And now you can have add to your WordPress sites!
More info from Google’s blog can be found here.
How To: Google ReCaptcha v2 for WordPress
We’ve provided 2 main uses for ReCaptcha – WordPress login and WordPress comments.
You are free to turn it on for 1 or the other, or both.
The feature is available from v5.0 of Shield and there a few steps necessary to complete before you can make full use of it.
1) Create your own ReCaptcha Keys
- Go here
- Enter a label for these keys – something that you will recognise
- Enter all your WordPress domains in the large text area – 1 per line
- Click Register
- You’ll then be presented with a screen displaying your Recaptcha Secret and Recaptcha Site Keys
2) Enter your new keys in the Shield plugin options
- Within the WordPress admin area click on Dashboard under the Shield security menu.
- Then open the tab ‘Third Party Services’
- You’ll see 2 options: ‘Recaptcha Secret Key’ and ‘Recaptcha Site Key’
- Supply the keys that were created in the previous section and save.
3) Turn on Recaptcha for Login / Comments
Now that you’ve enabled your very own Google ReCaptcha, you can now turn it on across your site.
For comment SPAM, look under the ‘
Comments SPAM‘ section, the ‘
Bot SPAM‘ tab, and you’ll see the option to enable ReCaptcha For Comments.
The same goes for Login:
Login Protection >
Brute Force >
Enable Google ReCaptcha
Get Google ReCaptcha For WordPress Today
Google ReCaptcha is now very easy to use and if you’re already using Security Plugin you don’t need another plugin.
Get your domains registered and start today!
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