Google reCAPTCHA Update

We have recently received the following notice from Google regarding a Google reCAPTCHA update. As of March 31st 2018, Google will be turning reCAPTCHA v1 off on all websites that still use it and have not updated or changed.

What is Google reCAPTCHA?

reCAPTCHA is a service from Google that helps protect websites from spam and abuse. A “CAPTCHA” (Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart) is a test check to see if a human or a “bot” is filling in a form. It is easy for humans to solve, but hard for “bots” and other malicious software to figure out. It usually takes the form of squiggly letters or numbers that are quite hard to read.

How do I know if I am using version one?

Version one reCAPTCHA usually looks like the image below


If your site uses this version or any version that requires the entry of letter or numbers, then you need to think about updating to version two. If you do not know or are unsure whether your website is currently using version one of reCAPTCHA and would like to know whether you will be affected we can check this for you and inform you. To arrange for this check to be done please contact our team on 0161 368 9100.

What should I do?

If your website is currently using version 1 of Google reCAPTCHA and you would like information on updating to a newer simplified, secure and supported model please do not hesitate to contact our team on 0161 368 9100 and they will be happy to help.

Google reCAPTCHA

Dear Webmaster,

You are receiving this email because you are registered as a website administrator using Google reCAPTCHA, and your website is still using Google reCAPTCHA v1, which will be turned off on March 31, 2018.

We announced the Google reCAPTCHA v1 deprecation in May 2016. Starting in November 2017, a small percentage of reCAPTCHA v1 traffic will begin to show a notice informing users that the old API will soon be retired. Any calls to the v1 API will not work after March 31, 2018.

To ensure continued functionality, you’ll need to update your website to a current version of reCAPTCHA. You can learn more about reCAPTCHA v2, Invisible reCAPTCHA and reCAPTCHA Android API in our Developer’s Guide. The new APIs are simple to implement and will streamline the captcha experience for your users. If you need help, you can engage in the reCAPTCHA Google Developer Group or post to Stack Overflow with the ‘recaptcha’ tag.

We hope that your upgrade will be seamless, and we’re confident you’ll be happy with the results.

Thank you,

reCAPTCHA Support.

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