Over the past few days, spam bots have wreaked havoc across our forms on our websites. A spam bot is a computer program designed to automatically fill out forms on the Internet in order produce unsolicited messages.
In order to combat this issue, our team has implemented Google reCAPTCHA on all public forms.
Google reCAPTCHA is a free service that protects your website from spam and abuse. reCAPTCHA 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 website visitors pass through with ease.
Google reCAPTCHA offers more than just spam protection. Every time the CAPTCHAs are solved, that human effort helps digitize text, annotate images, and build machine learning datasets. This in turn helps preserve books, improve maps, and solve hard AI problems.