Spam Protection & Security for Website Forms
- Honeypot Technique – This technique basically uses a hidden field that only web bots see, but human prospects do not. When the bots come to the form, the fill out ALL fields, which essentially reveals that they are NOT human and therefore will be blocked.
- Akismet Plugin Integration – This plugin is a default plugin with WordPress installation and is used to filter out known spammers.
- CAPTCHA Field – We can also install a CAPTCHA field that requires users to “prove” that they are human by offering text or images problems that only humans can look at and solve. This technology makes it very difficult for web bots, but easy for humans. Once the problem is solve, the “submit” button is enabled.
While spam prevention is the number one feature of our form software, it also provides some critical security features as well. There are hidden features that are embedded in the software preventing attackers from accessing your website database directly through “SQL Injection,” which can be used to change tables, get information, and delete data.
Another feature is file upload security. A common use for file upload is an employment application form, where resumes or other supporting files can be uploaded. Our form software allows us to limit file size uploads and also to restrict file types. For example, we could require the file upload to be Adobe PDF file only, thus preventing other file types from being accepted. However, the software has built-in capabilities that always prevent certain file types from being upload (ex. executable file types).