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Google Launches Invisible reCAPTCHA

Three years ago Google introduced its new reCAPTCHA v2 API, replacing distorted text challenges with a simple “I’m not a robot” checkbox for validating users. This was a welcome improvement over the fuzzy text in a box that frustrated and infuriated real humans. reCAPTCHA v1 is no longer supported as (more…)

Hashcash.io Adds Support for Combating BuddyPress Spam

It’s no secret that BuddyPress sites attract a serious amount of registration spam. Plugins such as BuddyPress reCAPTCHA, BuddyPress Security Check, SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam, and BuddyPress Honeypot are either ineffective, inconvenient, or not well maintained. The often-recommended, though unfortunately named, WangGuard plugin is moderately successful at stopping BuddyPress spam, but (more…)

Hashcash.io Reveals Strategy for Capitalizing on Spammers

Hashcash.io recently released a WordPress plugin with a unique method of deterring spammers that forces the user’s browser to solve math before unlocking login, registration and comment forms. The project site hints at a coming soon cash feature wherein users can “Make Bots Work For You.” This week Hashcash.io creator (more…)

WPLift.com has published a cool post that looks into the dark economy surrounding WordPress. That is, those who use WordPress in nefarious ways for profit. Examples include spammers, those who buy automated blog comments, hackers, and the unethical practice of reselling GPL products using trademarks and branding.