Spam can be a massive annoyance, especially if the source is your own website! When your website design agency puts your site live, it’s not just the public that are going to have a look around.
There are ‘Spambots’ which trawl the internet, looking for websites which have vulnerable forms. Once they find a site that doesn’t have any kind of restrictions in place on the contact form; they will attack with spam! Admittedly, in many cases it’s very obvious that a spambot is sending the email, but it’s still very frustrating and if anyone is fooled and clicks a link or downloads an attachment it can cause huge issues for your site and your computer.
Honeypot vs Captcha
There are two main ways to fight spam being sent from your own website. I’ll explain what they are, and which one is our favourite here at Logic Design.
A honeypot is just a normal form input, but it’s hidden to the general user. A spambot will try and fill out this field, but your normal visitors won’t. Like bees to honey! That’s essentially how this type of restriction works; if there’s something in this field, don’t send the form content, however, if the field is empty we’ll send the content.
This can be very effective as it doesn’t impede the people who actually want to talk to you!
You might already know what a captcha is: that really annoying, distorted combination of letters and numbers, which you will most certainly get wrong the first (and possibly second) time you try. We’ve found that the majority of our clients hate this method, as your visitors really have to be determined to talk to you.
However, it can still be a reasonably effective method of stopping spambots where they stand. Some bots use OCR technology to read this captcha image, and may in fact pass this validation.
Logic Design’s preferred method
We absolutely love the honeypot method! Not only is it discreet, and most of your users won’t even know it’s there, we feel it can be the most effective and resilient way of stopping you getting spam into your inbox. The beauty is in the simplicity, and ease of use.
Are you getting a lot of spam, and eager to stop it? Why not give us a call on 01284 706842, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help you solve this nagging problem.