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The Dangers of Contact Form Spam and How to Prevent It

Contact forms on WordPress websites are often targeted by malicious spambots. Spammers can cause harm in various ways by abusing these forms, including:

  1. Submitting harmful links: Spambots may use contact forms to submit links that contain malware, which can infect your organization’s computers and even your WordPress site.

  2. Denial of Service (DoS) attacks: Bots can flood your forms with requests in a short amount of time, causing your site to slow down or even crash.

  3. Hacking attempts: Brute force attacks on login and user registration forms can lead to account takeovers, information leaks, and data loss.

  4. Productivity losses: Sorting through tons of spam entries can slow down your support staff’s response time to legitimate inquiries, leading to missed opportunities for conversions and a negative impact on your brand reputation.

Fortunately, there are several ways to combat contact form spam in WordPress:

  1. Use a WordPress form plugin with built-in spam protection.

  2. Utilize WPForms Anti-Spam Tokens.

  3. Include reCAPTCHA or hCaptcha.

  4. Implement Custom CAPTCHA.

  5. Block URLs within text fields.

  6. Use Antispam WordPress Plugins.

  7. Block email addresses of repeat spammers.

  8. Require email verification for new users.

  9. Blacklist spammy IP addresses.

By implementing one or more of these methods, you can significantly reduce the amount of spam that reaches your WordPress site and prevent potential harm to your organization.

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