Intermittent Form Submissions with Random Characters

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shokideagroup created the topic: Intermittent Form Submissions with Random Characters

Hi Crosstec,

BreezingForms version: 1.9.0 Stable (931)
Joomla version: 3.8.13
Website: installerinstitute.com

We are having an issue with some of our form submissions... It started back in Sept 2018 after updating BreezingForms to 1.9.0 Stable (931).

We initially thought the entries were spam bots and have been adding various anti-spam techniques but to no avail.

The issue is that some of the form entry records (not all) show random characters and not legitimate info. Even the email address form field with email validation generates random characters that don't come close to resembling an email address.

Attached is a screenshot of the random characters. I've searched your forum as well as Google for a solution but could not find anything related.

You help is greatly appreciated, thank you much!
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MarioPuco replied the topic: Intermittent Form Submissions with Random Characters

Hi there,

What kind of validations are you using on your form ?
For example, are you using ff_validemail for your email field ?

Also if you are getting allot of SPAM you should add ReCaptcha2.0 to your form, since it's proven to be one of the best anti-spam methods thus far.

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Mario

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shokideagroup replied the topic: Intermittent Form Submissions with Random Characters

Hi MARIOPUCO,

Thank you for your reply and assistance...

Yes, we are using ff_validemail for validation on our email fields.

In addition we are doing the following to combat spam:
- Using CleanTalk 3rd Party service with Joomla extension
- Black listed every country except for the United States in the CleanTalk admin panel
- Using 2 separate HoneyPot fields per form (one using normal Textfield and the other using Hidden input)

If you don't think these submissions are corrupted and still feel they are indeed spam then we can try adding ReCaptcha 2.o.

Let me know, thanks again!
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MarioPuco replied the topic: Intermittent Form Submissions with Random Characters

Hi,

I'd suggest you proceed with adding ReCaptcha 2.0.
I'm not sure how frequent was the incoming spam before but it should drop drastically with ReCaptcha 2.0 added.

Make sure let me know how it works.

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