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Captcha PLEASE. Not standard? How to activate? (5 posts)

  1. hi14
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    Just installed a wordpress site with WHW1. Updated it to Ver 3.8.1. Only standard (default) plugins/features/settings/themes for now as far as this posts goes.

    I was surprised to see no Captcha for people commenting (thus signing up).
    This cannot be! In this day and age, this must already be in there somewhere in WP settings. Where though?
    If it is as I suspect, then please how or where can I enable the Captcha for all comment posts, and any signups. Hope it allows a selection on this with checkboxes/buttons.

    If what I expect is not the case, and some addon/plugin/module needs to be installed, then I would like to avoid getting overwhelmed with addons, and would appreciate sharing with me which FREE addon does this the best?
    I do NOT want to have an offsite service handling the captcha (in other words NO 3rd party code, please, that gets added to my site) . The security captcha should be handled by my WP site installation.

    Thank you in advance for any response.

  2. cubecolour
    ɹoʇɐɹǝpoɯ
    Posted 6 months ago #

    There is no captcha module built into WordPress. For plugins to add this, have a look at: http://wordpress.org/plugins/search.php?q=captcha you will have to make your mind up about which one is best for your application though

  3. hi14
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    @cubecolour
    Thanks.
    :( Well that STINKS! This is 2014 (depending what calender system you use). 5 years ago, I could say, ya, okay. Now, it should be standard as part of default install. Now, if activated or not upon install of WP, is a different topic all together.

    I will search the plugins too.

    @everyone else.
    However, if anyone know of a FREE plugin that they feel works best, please indicate. But, no plugin that does any activity off the installed WP site. I want all Captcha activity (images, calls, links, calculations, etc.) to be within my WP installation.

  4. Now, it should be standard as part of default install.

    Ha. No. ;)

    CAPTCHAs don't work: it's way too easy for spammers to farm out the images and get the correct answer and that happens all the time. Also they are bad for a11y reasons as well.

    However, if anyone know of a FREE plugin that they feel works best, please indicate.

    I know at least (one horribly misguided) person who uses this one.

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-recaptcha/

    Edit: Nuts. I missed this part.

    I want all Captcha activity (images, calls, links, calculations, etc.) to be within my WP installation.

  5. hi14
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    "CAPTCHAs don't work: it's way too easy for spammers to farm out the images and get the correct answer"

    I disagree. What you describe happens ONLY if it is an ancient captcha (what I call now dumb captcha) implementation (this is not 5yrs or decade ago). If the image URLs are being generated new, real time, then it is impossible to create a map (farm) of image to the captcha phrase generated; in fact doing such a thing would just screw up a spammer more.

    Edit:
    I see you are some kind of moderator level.
    So, in that case adding more, in hopes it gets to WP.
    The CPU or resources used to do the as needed real time calcs is tiny. Non impacting.
    Not only can the URLs be generated new everytime, and image names change per request, and tracked in back end, but an expiration period can be applied to that association.

    In summary, Captchas can be very useful and effective if done correctly, and a modern form of captcha implementation is done.
    So, WP should indeed add Captcha ability as a default part of WP. WP designers/developers can choose to leave it deactivated up an installation of WP, and let the site admin activate such a feature/plugin. This way, those that want it can activate it, and others just leave it off.

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