reCAPTCHA is Broken – Google Shuts Down reCAPTCHA v1 (SOLVED)


My reCAPTCHA is Broken – V1 SHUTDOWN ON 2018-03-31

Google shut down their reCAPTCHA V1 API service on March 31, 2018. This broke reCAPTCHA on all websites everywhere. If you need to fix reCAPTCHA on your website because it still uses reCAPTCHA v1, it is important to upgrade reCAPTCHA immediately to version 2.  It is relatively simple to update reCAPTCHA. Delta Systems can help. Any site with a broken recaptcha using the service via the old API will need to update to one of the following options below in order to continue to be protected from spam and abuse. reCAPTCHA V1 has been deprecated since May of 2016. If your website reCAPTCHA is broken, register a new reCAPTCHA key or give us a call. Delta Systems can update reCAPTCHA settings for you today.

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reCAPTCHA V1 Upgrade Options

Since reCAPTCHA V1 has been shut down, and your website reCAPTCHA is broken, the reCAPTCHA service has been updated to version 2 and now has three options to choose from in order to fix reCAPTCHA on your website:

  • reCAPTCHA V2 is a simple checkbox the user clicks to indicate they are not a robot. A suspicious user will be challenged to validate whether or not they are human. Of the three, this option is the simplest to implement.
  • Invisible reCAPTCHA is an event attached to an existing submit button. The verification is done in the background and doesn’t require a user to solve a captcha. Suspicious traffic will be prompted to solve a captcha.
  • reCAPTCHA Android is a library for native Android apps.

Google Recommends Registering New Keys to Upgrade to reCAPTCHA v2

If your site still uses reCAPTCHA v1, please upgrade to reCAPTCHA v2 immediately. Google no longer supports reCAPTCHA v1. Any calls to the v1 API will not work. They stopped working on March 31, 2018. Please register a new reCAPTCHA key and upgrade to v2.

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Fix Broken reCAPTCHA v1

reCAPTCHA is a free service provided by Google that helps protect websites from automated software from engaging in abusive activities on your site while letting real people pass through. It comes in the form of a reCAPTCHA widget that can be added to any site that takes any kind of user input, like contact forms, comments, or forum posts. reCAPTCHA works by using advanced risk analysis techniques and machine learning to differentiate humans from bots.

If a human is challenged to solve a CAPTCHA, that effort isn’t lost. Google uses the human time spent solving them into digitizing text, annotating images, and building machine learning datasets. This in turn helps preserve books, improve maps, and solve hard AI problems.

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