Looking for a CAPTCHA Alternative? Here Are Your Options

July 17, 2014 Courtney Brady

If you want to deter form and comment spam on your website, you may have thought about installing a CAPTCHA. It helps to ward off bots and illegitimate posts fairly easily. Unfortunately, CAPTCHAs often look unprofessional, or just plain messy. If you want a clean, polished and professional website, a CAPTCHA may not be the best option for you.

Fortunately, there are quite a few CAPTCHA alternative options you can choose from. Here are just a few:

  • Human verification tools – The point of CAPTCHAs is to verify that a user is human before allowing them to post or submit a form. If you’re not willing to use a traditional CAPTCHA on your site, there are a number of other tools that can allow for human verification as well, but in a cleaner, simpler and more effective way. PlayThru and Sweet Captcha are two popular ones – both require the user to play a quick game before moving forward.
  • Bot-blocking technology – At Distil Networks, we offer bot-blocking technology that can stop comment and form spam in its tracks, as well as halt any scraping, theft or click fraud you may be experiencing. If you don’t want a CAPTCHA on your website, this technology is a great alternative option.
  • Honeypots – A CAPTCHA alternative for the more tech-savvy web managers, honeypots use hidden form fields (usually in JavaScript or CSS) to catch bots in the act. Bots see the field in the form’s code, so they automatically fill it out. In reality, the field isn’t even visible on the site’s form, so a normal, seeing human wouldn’t enter it. This flags the systems and won’t allow the form to be submitted.

Looking for a great CAPTCHA alternative to stop spam on your website? Then contact Distil Networks today. Our bot-blocking technology can help you ward off spam instantly.  

About the Author

Courtney Brady

Courtney Brady is the Director of Marketing at Distil Networks. She comes to Distil Networks from a variety of start-up companies, routed in SaaS and DaaS solutions. Formerly the global communications manager at multiple companies, Courtney is responsible for developing the company’s marketing strategy and branding campaign.

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