Friendly Captcha for WordPress

Description

Friendly Captcha is a privacy-first anti-bot solution that protects WordPress website forms from spam and abuse.

Do you use a captcha like reCAPTCHA to keep out bots? Friendly Captcha is a powerful anti-spam service that blocks spam-bots without annoying captcha images and protects user privacy.

How Friendly Captcha Works

Friendly Captcha is a tool for preventing spam on your website. Other CAPTCHAs are a burden on your users, Friendly Captcha respects your users.

Friendly Captcha is a proof-of-work based anti-bot solution in which the user’s device does all the work. We generate a unique crypto puzzle for each visitor.

Solving it will usually take only a few seconds. As soon as the user starts filling the form it starts getting solved. By the time the user is ready to submit, the puzzle is probably already solved.

Friendly Captcha prevents spam and doesn’t punish real users in doing so.

Privacy Notices

No personal information

Our anti-bot service does not store personal data from your end users. See our Privacy Policy for End Users to learn more.

No cookies

Our end user solution does not use cookies. This protects your end users from being tracked and followed from site to site.

No discrimination

Normal CAPTCHA tasks are not easy for all humans. Our solution works without labeling tasks and is thus accessible to everyone.

Decentralized data processing

By default, requests are processed in the point-of-presence closest to where it is accessed by the end user. See our Privacy Policy for End Users to learn more.

Join thousands of organizations in switching to a privacy-first anti-bot solution.

Forms and Plugins Supported

  • WordPress Login Form
  • WordPress Register Form
  • WordPress Reset Password Form
  • WordPress Comments
  • CoBlocks
  • Contact Form 7
  • Elementor Pro Forms
  • FluentForm
  • Gravity Forms
  • Ultimate Member Login Form
  • Ultimate Member Register Form
  • Ultimate Member Reset Password Form
  • WooCommerce Login Form
  • WooCommerce Register Form
  • WooCommerce Checkout Form
  • WooCommerce Lost Password Form
  • WPForms

If you see an integration that’s missing, please open a pull request

However, you may wish to email the authors of plugins you’d like to support Friendly Captcha: it will usually take them only an hour or two to add native support if they choose to do so. This will simplify your use of Friendly Captcha, and is the best solution in the long run.

Installation

  1. Upload friendly-captcha folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Enter your Site Key and API Key in the Settings -> Friendly Captcha menu in WordPress
  4. Enable the desired integrations

FAQ

How to use the Friendly Captcha plugin?

The Friendly Captcha plugin supports WordPress core and many plugins with forms automatically.

To use Friendly Captcha, you can create an account at www.friendlycaptcha.com and create a Site Key and API Key there. It is best to copy both keys and save them in a safe place. Then go to the Friendly Captcha plugin settings page and enter the created site key and API key. Below that, select the forms you want to protect. Finally, save these settings by clicking on the “Save Changes” button at the end of the settings page.

You don’t support a certain plugin. How can I get support for it added?

Open a PR on GitHub here or just email the authors of the plugin itself. Adding Friendly Captcha support is typically quite a quick task for most plugins.

Where can I get more information about Friendly Captcha?

Please see our website at: www.friendlycaptcha.com

Reviews

Nopémber 28, 2022
On first sight this CAPTCHA solution is what many people are looking for: Easy to implement and fully GDPR-compliant. With the "Personal" plan there is a free plan available however I got an email from the friendly captcha team to upgrade my account. The smallest pricing option is 9 € a month. Sorry guys... for providing a simple piece of software 1.080 € over 10 years is ridiculous and I am out.
Nopémber 4, 2022
I am thrilled! I've been looking for a European alternative to ReCaptcha for a long time and Friendly Captcha is simple, accessible and GDPR compliant. After installing the plugin I created an account at Friendly Captcha, created a sitekey and API key there and inserted it into the plugin. Then I selected my used form plugin via checkbox and it worked on the first try. Thanks!
Séptémber 10, 2022
Kein Hinweis darauf, dass das PlugIn kostenpflichtig ist und eine Api benötigt. Egal, ob das PlugIn gut oder schlecht ist, so etwas geht gar nicht!
Méi 5, 2022
After long and intensive research, we can fully recommend this software solution as a data protection consultancy. Friendly Captcha applies the principles of data economy and anonymizes such data that can be considered personal before storing it. The support team was courteous and took detailed time for our review, for which we want to thank them very much.
Maret 17, 2022 3 replies
Based on the description, this plugin looked like it would be a useful plugin, and it was advertised as if it's a free plugin. Upon installing the plugin, I was forced to go to their website to create an account before I could integrate it with my site's Google keys, and it seems like I'd be forced to supply THEM with my site's keys, AND to get any meaningful use, would have to pay a fee. Their documentation here did NOT indicate this would be the case. Deceptive and bad. I don't recommend using this plugin.
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Contributors & Developers

“Friendly Captcha for WordPress” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

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Changelog

1.8.0

  • Add support for HTML forms
  • Fix widget not loading with Gravity Form integration
  • Add setting to disable the loading of CSS styles

1.7.2

  • Update to widget library version 0.9.8, which fixes rare cases in which the widget wouldn’t work for users with specific browsers plugins installed.

1.7.1

  • Fix Content Forms 7 form validation if javascript is deactivated

1.7.0

  • Add support for Elementor Pro Forms
  • Pull default widget language from wordpress
  • Updated to friendly-challenge widget version 0.9.7.
  • Added support for Turkish, Greek, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Czech, Slovak, Norwegian, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Estonian, Croatian, Serbian, Hungarian, Romanian, and Chinese langauge.

1.6.3

  • Fix for Ultimate Member login integration (thank you @TheZoker!)

1.6.2

  • Update Friendly Captcha dashboard links

1.6.1

  • Fix FluentForm integration (thank you @TheZoker!)

1.6.0

  • Add support for WooCommerce (thank you @TheZoker!)
  • Add support for FluentForm (thank you @TheZoker!)
  • Add support for Ultimate Member (thank you @TheZoker!)
  • Updated to friendly-challenge widget version 0.9.1.
  • Added support for Swedish and Russian language.

1.5.1

  • Fix Coblocks integration

1.5.0

  • Support for Coblocks added, thank you @amenk!
  • The Friendly Captcha settings menu is now under Settings section in the WordPress admin dashboard.

1.4.1

  • Fix captcha verification not happening for guest WordPress users (i.e. those not logged in) in WordPress Comments, thank you @amenk!

1.4.0

  • Fix for some Contact Form 7 users.
  • Upgraded to version 0.9.0 of the widget which features a multithreaded solver, which makes the captcha faster for real users.
  • Added support Danish and Japanese language.

1.3.2

  • Fixed support for Friendly Captcha widgets in multi-page GravityForms forms.
  • Added support for Spanish and Catalan language.

1.3.1

  • Fixed a bug in the WPForms integration when an error would get displayed to the end-user.

1.3.0

  • Added Gravity Forms integration.
  • Updated widget to version 0.8.8, which now displays errors in the selected language.
  • Added support for Portuguese language.

1.2.0

  • Updated widget to version 0.8.4 (which includes a small fix for IE11).
  • Added support for Italian language.
  • Added dark theme setting.
  • Added endpoint selection menu (only relevant for Business and Enterprise).
  • The plugin now talks to api.friendlycaptcha.com instead of friendlycaptcha.com (no user-facing changes).

1.1.1

  • Update to widget version 0.8.0, which has improved fake-browser detection and slight styling tweaks.

1.1.0

  • Added support for WordPress Comments (both for logged in and guest users).
  • Made the default error message shown to users translatable.

1.0.4

  • Added localization support (English, German, French and Dutch)
  • Added text-transform:none to the widget’s button (so that it is no longer uppercase in some WordPress themes).

1.0.3

  • Change required PHP version and update instructions.

1.0.2

  • Improvements relating to input and output validation and sanitization.

1.0.1

  • Minor bugfixes

1.0.0

  • Plugin Created