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Replacing securimage with reCAPTCHA

Concrete5 uses the SecurImage captcha method to reduce the amount of spam your site receives. While this can help lower the amount of spam from non-human sources (such as bots), many people consider reCAPTCHA a better level of security.

In this guide I will show you how to intall the free reCAPTCHA Add-On in Concrete5. You can then replace the built-in SecurImage captcha with reCAPTCHA.

Install the reCAPTCHA Add-On

  1. Login to your Concrete5 dashboard.
  2. Roll your mouse over the Dashboard button, and click Extend concrete5.
    Get c5 addons
  3. On the next screen, click the down arrow, then click Get More Add-Ons.
    c5 addons
  4. In the Keywords field, type recaptcha, then click the Search button. You will see the free reCAPTCHA captcha Add-On listed, click it.
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  5. You will see a summary of the Add-On, click the Download & Install button on the bottom right.
    installing the recaptcha addon in c5
  6. After a few seconds, you will see a message stating "The package was successfully installed." Click the Return Button to complete the install.

Replace SecurImage captcha with reCAPTCHA

  1. Login to your Concrete5 dashboard.
  2. Roll your mouse over the Dashboard button, and click the System & Settings link.
    Opening c5 System Settings
  3. In the Permissions & Access section, click Captcha Setup.
    c5 CAPTCHA settings
  4. You will see SecurImage listed as the default Captcha setting. Click the list and select reCAPTCHA.
    Choosing reCAPTCHA
  5. You will see 2 blank fields for your reCAPTCHA key. Click the provided link to get the keys from Google (it will open in a new tab).
  6. Enter your domain in the available field, and click the create button.
    Setting up your domain in Google
  7. You will see the domain listed, click it.
    Selecting the domain

    You will then see your Public, and Private keys.
    copying your keys
  8. Copy and paste them into the Captcha Settings page in Concrete5. Click the Save Additional Settings button. You are finished when you see a message stating "Captcha settings saved."
    Saving CAPTCHA keys
    Now reCAPTCHA will replace SecurImage on any forms or pages that have it.
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Congratulations, now you know how to replace the SecurImage CAPTCHA with the reCAPTCHA Add-On! You should see a reduction in the amount of spam you receive on your Concrete5 website.

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