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    HELP using Hidden Box tool

    Asked by carosys409 on August 02, 2012 at 07:58 AM

    i want to use the hidden fields to replicate the same 4 lines of data entry above for anyone wanting to submit more than one image with their instructions,

    i cannot find any help or wizard showing me how to use the hidden fields area of the form and the 'collapse form' feature seems to not be showing under my power tools

    where can i find out how to use this function like a step by step wizard? i am not a web programmer or developer by any stretch of the imagination!

     

    hidden tools find
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    Answered by moonzkie on August 02, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Hi,

    Hidden boxes are usually used to store information that you wouldn't want the user to see. One good application is adding additional security to your forms. You add a hidden box then populate it with a default value that no one else knows. This way if someone tries to spoof or clone your form you can verify if it is authentic or not. The data is hidden from plain sight so if you get a submission with an inaccurate or invalid value you'll know. Another use case is Conditions. You can send a value from form URL and populate that value on a hidden field. Then you can run conditions to check the value of that hidden field.

    For you to replicate the the fields that you have you can Duplicate the form field.

    You can find find the Form Collapse field under Survey Tools.

    You can find all of the informations about the fields in this  User Guide.

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    Answered by carosys409 on August 02, 2012 at 10:28 AM
    Thank you SO MUCH moonzkie for this! I will try and follow it I think i am misunderstanding the use of the hidden box and instead need the form collpase field so will look into that now!! :)
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    Answered by moonzkie on August 02, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Glad to be of help, if you have questions feel free to contact us.

    Thanks for using JotForm!

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    Answered by Tellmemore on June 11, 2013 at 03:16 AM

    moonzkie: "One good application is adding additional security to your forms. You add a hidden box then populate it with a default value that no one else knows. This way if someone tries to spoof or clone your form you can verify if it is authentic or not. The data is hidden from plain sight so if you get a submission with an inaccurate or invalid value you'll know."

    I added a hidden box and populated it with a default value. But when I did an "Inspect Element" of the form, it showed it in the data, like this: type="hidden" name="q9_ifLegit" value="ME.  The ME is the default value; so doesn't this mean that someone could spoof my form because they know the hidden default value?


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    Answered by sidharth_kch on June 11, 2013 at 03:55 AM

    @Tellmemore

    Yes, hidden text box will only be hidden in the rendered HTML page. If you see the source code of your HTML page it will be visible in plain text. That's how its works. 

    Thanks,

    Sidharth

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    Answered by ssmediator on June 11, 2013 at 08:30 PM

    So there is, currently, no true way to prevent somone from spoofing forms,  is that correct?  If so, are you working on the issue?

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by jonathan on June 11, 2013 at 08:59 PM

    @ssmediator

    Hi, may I suggest you create a separate post on your inquiry. Use this link to do this

    http://www.jotform.com/contact

    If you noticed, the subject on the OT was how to use the hidden box and not on spoofing forms.

    We will attend to your question as soon as we can.

    Thanks.

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    Answered by ssmediator on June 11, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    I only posted here, though, because Moonzkie talked about spoofing, and I figured it would be easier to understand my question on her post.

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by jonathan on June 11, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    I understand your point. =) And I am not againts your question.

    But I do have to suggest for you to still create a newer topic for your inquiry.

    We just want to have the forum threads better organized and easier for other forum users to find answers to question on their own.

    Usually, the topic title should immediately give a summarize idea on what the thread is all about.

    Thanks.