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How to Setup ReCaptcha on Your PrestaShop Store?

Updated on: July 8, 2020

How to Setup ReCaptcha on Your PrestaShop Store?

CAPTCHA is an acronym for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. Having a CAPTCHA on your website checks all bot triggered attacks that can brute-force your PrestaShop store’s login page. If you are hosting a registration form or any other open forms on your store, CAPTCHAs also check that no automated spam insertion takes place. CAPTCHA adds hugely to the security of an e-commerce store and ensures account safety for customers and administrators alike. Thus it is important to know how to setup captcha on PrestaShop.

In this article, you will learn how to add CAPTCHA to your login forms, registration forms, backend in just two minutes with the Store Fixer Module by Astra.

Why CAPTCHA’s are important for your PrestaShop store?

We already know CAPTCHAs discourage any automated invasion of security, but that’s not all that a CAPTCHA does. Here are other benefits of having a CAPTCHA on your e-commerce store:

  • Eliminate fake orders: By implementing CAPTCHA, you can also eliminate fake orders placed by spambots. In other words, by setting up a Captcha on PrestaShop, you can protect the interests of your buyers.
  • Stops DoS & DDoS attacks: CAPTCHAS when implemented in PrestaShop stores fends off DOS attacks effectively. DOS is the acronym for Denial of Service designed to render your products and services completely unavailable. With CAPTCHA, you can block the large number of fake requests sent to the server from bots thereby restoring normalcy and saving bandwidth.
  • Blocks spam registration: Installing CAPTCHA in PrestaShop ensures that the first time registration is performed only by humans and not by bots.
  • Checks negative marketing by competitors: With a PrestaShop Captcha module, you can prevent spam and negative reviews on specific products that can seriously affect your online popularity. Moreover, spam comments can invite the wrath of search engines like Google and Bing who would assume that your online store is receiving a lot of spam reviews on a single product. This can be detrimental to the overall ranking of your PrestaShop store.

How to setup CAPTCHA on PrestaShop?

Now coming to the part on how you can actually set up CAPTCHA on your PrestaShop store. We have recently launched our own PrestaShop Captcha module within our multi-purpose security module – Store Fixer.

With this module, adding CAPTCHA to your store is literally a 2-minute’s affair. This is how you can install and add CAPTCHA to your PrestaShop store:

Download the compressed file and upload it to the PrestaShop modules section.

When configured, go to the Store Security>>CAPTCHA Protection menu on the left of the admin panel.

CAPTCHA protection by Store Fixer

Next, enable the CAPTCHA protection and fill in the subsequent details like Site key, Secret key, Captcha details, and other areas.

At last, hit SAVE and you’re done.

There are bots and crawlers lurking around in the online arena. A slight carelessness can result in a bad reputation for your e-commerce store.

Hence, tests that require you to differentiate between a string of jumbled and twisted letters, picture recognition, or just a simple checkbox saying ‘I am not a robot’ make a huge difference when it comes to the security of your PrestaShop store.

For even advanced security opt for a complete security solution with WAF, malware scanner, and VAPT services by Astra.

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Aakanchha Keshri

Aakanchha is a technical writer and a cybersecurity enthusiast. She is an avid reader, researcher, and an active contributor to our blog and the cybersecurity genre in general. To date, she has written over 200 blogs for more than 60 domains on topics ranging from technical to promotional. When she is not writing or researching she revels in a game or two of CS: GO.
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