If you run a website that lets users submit any information (either to you, to other users or as part of a registration process), you've probably had to deal with spam and related issues.

One of the most popular ways of dealing with these issues is the use of CAPTCHA systems.

What is CAPTCHA? If you've ever been asked to type in a bunch of distorted letters and numbers before submitting something online, you've used a CAPTCHA system before.

The purpose of CAPTCHA is simple - it's difficult for a machine to read what the letters and numbers are so by challenging a user to do so, you can help eliminate submissions from bots and other automated processes.

Adding a CAPTCHA system to your website or application may have some value.

Here are some CAPTCHA tools:

    reCAPTCHA kills two birds with one stone - the CAPTCHA challenges it offers up are sourced from scanned books that are being digitized by Carnegie Mellon University. Since OCR software isn't perfect, the CAPTCHA challenges users are asked to solve help books get digitized.
  • Securimage
    Securimage is a free PHP CAPTCHA script that is customizable and even generates audio CAPTCHAs.
  • BotDetect
    BotDetect is a CAPTCHA solution for websites and applications developed with ASP and ASP.net
  • CAPTCHA for Perl
    This script produces a CAPTCHA image for Perl scripts.
  • Captchator
    This hosted CAPTCHA solution can be implemented with any programming language and framework.

Published 29 September, 2008 by Patrick Oak

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Comments (3)



Try Mollom, its a hosted spam filtering service that incorporates CAPTCHA for anything its unsure on.

Works great with a lot of blogs and CMS.

almost 10 years ago



thank you very good

about 8 years ago

Robert Mitchell

Robert Mitchell, Group Marketing Manager at Lancaster Motor Company Ltd

Hi, are there any new CAPTCHA tools on the market that allow the user to press a button or a section of the screen and that are mobile friendly?

over 3 years ago

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