Spam has been plaguing the internet almost since the day it was invented. In recent years the issue has grown exponentially. At Formidable Forms, this issue is never far from our minds.
Major internet cornerstones like Google and Amazon are leading the fight against spam. Their clever electronic wizardry 🧙 means that these days, very few messages from Nigerian princes offering a share of their fortune make it as far as my inbox.
This is why spammers are targeting online contact forms harder than ever before. It's vital that messages from your contact form reach you, and your form is set up to reliably deliver messages. So your contact form, if left unprotected, can easily become a spam highway. Contact form spam protection on your WordPress site has never been more important!
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Formidable Forms has always been serious about spam protection
From day one, Akismet and reCaptcha integrations have helped prevent spam.
Your WordPress comment blocklist joined the party more recently to help block more specific spam.
But Formidable Forms now offers even more built-in spam protection in all of our forms.
As part of our invisible spam protection, we use Honeypot 🍯 to secure all your online forms!
Automatic Honeypot spam protection for all your forms
Honeypot protection is added to ALL of your Formidable Forms automatically, giving you extra protection with no extra hassle.
Most importantly, Honeypot spam protection does not affect user experience or conversion rates. It's completely invisible to the user!
So how does Honeypot spam protection work?
Honeypot spam protection is simpler than you might expect. It relies on the differences between what a human and spambot see on a webpage. It adds one additional form field to every form. This field is invisible to human users, but spambots can see it 🕵️.
Because this field is invisible, it can't be filled out by real users.
This gives away a spambot 🤖.
Real users won't see the field so they won't insert a value. Spambots see it in the form markup, auto-populate it with something, and submit it with the rest of the form. That's when Formidable instantly identifies it as spam and blocks it.
Is it time to ditch other spam protection options?
Unfortunately, that time is not here yet. Honeypot adds an additional layer of protection, but spambots are getting more clever every day. So we would never recommend using just Honeypot protection alone on your WordPress contact forms.
Luckily, Formidable supports the "one-click" reCaptcha and Akismet which is much more user friendly.
Don't want your spam protection to be an eyesore for users? Check out the Invisible reCaptcha. It's the perfect solution for maximum protection with minimum impact on user experience.