Earlier last week, we wrote a blog on the dangers of phishing scams and things you can do to avoid being targeted. Long story short, phishing scams are false e-mails that’s sole intention is to steal personal information for financial gain. The way that these phishing scams target their users is by e-mail accounts, creating what looks like a legitimate email from a ‘trusted source’ which then requires you to take action or provide some details. These details are then stolen and used to gain valuable information.  

The main problem here is spam mail, which is unsolicited, bulk – and often unwanted – e-mail. Without the correct steps in place, your mailbox could be cluttered with hundreds of these tiresome e-mails daily coming from all over the world. Fortunately for us, however, Google provides a service to combat this, and you’re probably already familiar with it – reCaptcha.

reCAPTCHA is a free service that protects your website from spam and abuse. It uses an advanced risk analysis engine and adaptive ‘CAPTCHAs’ to keep automated software from engaging in abusive activities on your site. It does this while letting your valid users pass through with ease.

You’ve probably came across forms of reCAPTCHA before, with certain websites asking you to prove you are human by solving a sum or a puzzle, or simply clicking a box to confirm you are not a robot.

This simple addition to a website will dramatically decrease the amount of spam e-mail you will receive, which in turn will significantly reduce your chances of falling victim to the phishing scammers.

reCAPTCHA has been a personal preference for our clients in the past, however, after a string of attacks over the last few weeks, including a sophisticated attack on Google Docs this morning, we have added  reCAPTCHA forms onto all of our clients websites to ensure that they have the best chance of avoiding these digital traps.

If you have a contact form, comments section, or any other type of submission-style form and don’t have reCAPTCHA, you are opening up your site to automated spam and malicious malware. Nobody’s got time for that. If you need reCAPTCHA, or simply some help, contact Increase the Wedge today.

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