How to protect your Joomla! website from spam

If visitors can submit forms or comments on your website, Google’s reCAPTCHA is a good choice to provide protection against spam and abuse.

To activate reCAPTCHA on your Joomla! site:

  • Login to the back end of your site
  • Go to Extensions > Plugins
  • Search for and open CAPTCHA – reCAPTCHA; follow the link on this page to get your site’s secret keys from
  • Enter the secret key details on the Joomla! plugin page, from the version dropdown choose the latest version and Enable the plugin















  • Go to System > Global Configuration > Site
  • Under Default Captcha choose Captcha – Re-Captcha and Save

With these settings reCAPTCHA should be the default when new users register on your site.

If it isn’t:

  • go to Users > Manage
  • click the options button at the top right
  • check under the User Options tab for your Captcha setting













To use reCAPTCHA with other extensions, e.g. with forms or comments, look for options when you configure each extension.

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