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I'm using the standard EE Contact Form (exp:email:contact_form) and getting spammed. Apart from enabling CAPTCHA, are there any good ways of reducing spam from it? Using EE 5.3.2.

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You need to check out Snaptcha from Put Your Lights On. A remarkable add-on for EE - install it and it just works: no configuration or hoopla. Have used on several installations and it is effective. Highly recommended.

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  • Nice! I didn't know that was still around. Used it for EE2 and it worked well. Glad to see it's still around and working. – jphansen Aug 29 at 19:40
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Short of using a Captcha there's no sure fire way to stop spam. https://putyourlightson.com/plugins/snaptcha-ee is a good Captcha because it works behind the scenes, I've used it and it does stop most spam.

There's always the option of forcing visitors to do a preview first before sending, using the preview parameter https://docs.expressionengine.com/latest/add-ons/email.html#preview - bots tend to miss this so it can stop most spam, albeit at slight inconvenience.

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Interesting results: With Snaptcha (set to highest protection) + EE's built-in contact form, I still get spammed. But I never get spam via any of my FreeForm Pro forms. So I'm going to use FreeForm Pro for my contact form, as well.

I thought Spaptcha and FreeForm used similar "honeypot" methods? Maybe not.

Update: Been using FreeForm as my contact form for a few days and haven't gotten any spam. It says it's filtered out 62 now and I believe it.

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  • Is the Snaptcha code being added to your contact form? – Bluedreamer Sep 5 at 12:08
  • I installed it and it said it automatically did that, so I assumed yes. – jphansen Sep 10 at 2:23
  • I remember you had to add a line of code somewhere when you're using it with the EE contact form?!?! Maybe I'm wrong – Benoit L Sep 10 at 15:55
  • Interesting. That would explain things. Reading putyourlightson.com/plugins/snaptcha-ee#using-snaptcha, they really hype not having to do anything other than install Snaptcha. – jphansen Sep 11 at 17:03

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