Can I create a form without a captcha?

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    Asked on May 31, 2017 at 07:32 AM

    Hello, I want to create a simple contact-us form for my home page. To make it super easy to use, I do not want to use a captcha. I really do not like them and I feel they make the form look bad.

    When I look at sites on the Internet, I see literally scores and scores of forms without them. But when I search in web development forums for info, I get many differing opinions and many posts are old and out-of-date. And yes, I have experienced spambots getting hold of forms that I have created. So I DO need some kind of protection.

    On JotForms forums, I have seen posts where they are suggested, and some where you state that they are not needed on your platform.

    Can you clear this up for me?

    I'd prefer not to use one, but if I must, can you suggest an alternative through Jotform.  Thanks,





    P.S.  The Google re-Captcha you use on this questions form is an example of captchas that I hate and prefer to avoid. Thanks again.

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    Answered on May 31, 2017 at 09:12 AM

    Hi Dave,

    Sure, you can create a form without CAPTCHA. However, CAPTCHA applications are useful for protection your forms from spammers. We have some alternatives instead of Google Re-CAPTCHA if you don't want to use it especially. For example, our Drawing CAPTCHA widget.

    However, if you still don't want to use any of CAPTCHA applications, I would like to recommend you to use our another feature to protect your forms: Unique Submissions on a Form You can add more striction to your form by Unique Submissions feature.

    If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask. 

    Thank you.


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    Answered on May 31, 2017 at 02:51 PM

    Thank you.  I'm going to give this a try.


    I have a question though.  My boss likes to test the form every once in a while. Like once a month.


    Does the unique submission have a time out or is it permanent?

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    Answered on May 31, 2017 at 04:48 PM


    When you add the Unique Submission option to your form, there are two options:

    Loose Check: Cookie based check. When a user submits this form the next time she comes to the form if the cookie is still on the browser she will not be allowed to post again.

    Strict Check: Cookie AND IP address check. In addition to the cookie check if the user's IP address was used previous she will not be allowed on this form.

    In that case, I would suggest you to select the Loose Check, as you are able to delete cookies and enable form to be submitted more than once.

    I hope this information helps.