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How to Enable Spam Protection and Security in SureCart

Spam is definitely one of the most problematic things that we’ve come across on the internet whether it be on your email, your phone, or even on your online shop.

Spam comments, spam messages, spam posts, spam everything. It’s not the fun and tasty kind too.

The good news is that SureCart comes with built-in spam prevention and other security options to help you feel at ease with running your online site. You wouldn’t have to worry about getting a barrage of spam from your online store.

Here’s a little more information on what they are and how to set them up:

What is the Value of Maintaining Shop Security

There are many different types of exploits, hacks, or even simple annoyances that can happen if you don’t beef up your store security:

  1. Spam
  2. Malware
  3. Data Hacks
  4. DOS Attacks
  5. And much more…

A lot of these are very serious issues that could put you and your customers at risk. As the site owner, you hold the responsibility of making sure that you and everyone on your site are protected from any of these attacks and entities.

But don’t worry, there are several options and ways that you can deter, prevent, and even counter these risks with just a few steps if you’re using SureCart.

What is Spam Protection

Spam is when you get unwanted, annoying messages or actions, often sent in large amounts, that can mess up websites, servers, or services for regular users. These bad actions are usually done by people or groups trying to cause trouble.

Dealing with spam can be a big hassle because it makes more work for website owners and can confuse them by mixing up real messages with the fake ones. It also costs money and time to fix these problems.

So the ways to protect your online store, website, or servier from getting spammed is called Spam Protection.

To stop spam, people have come up with different methods. One common way is to add tests or actions that real users can pass but spammers can’t. You might have seen the “I’m not a robot” test before.

I am not a robot reCaptcha

Lately, there are easier ways to stop spam, like not asking users to do anything or just clicking a box. SureCart has tools to help keep your online shop safe from spam, and we’ll talk about them.

SureCart’s Spam Protection & Security

Now that we’ve explained what spam is and why it’s important to maintain site security, we have to acknowledge the fact that WordPress in itself is also keenly aware of this issue and has a couple of built-in protections to help safeguard your website from the get-go.

One example of this is the default requirement to use strong passwords whenever you add a new user to your website.

WordPress password validation for strong password

That said, SureCart adds a couple more layers to increase your site security and spam protection.

You can find them by navigating to your WordPress Dashboard > SureCart > Settings > Advanced, from here, scroll down to “Spam Protection & Security”. We’ll discuss the options below.

SureCart spam protection and security options

Honeypot

Honeypot is a tool that is used to add a field to your forms that are invisible to actual human users on a browser, but are visible to bots.

This is done in the hopes of tricking these bots into filling out the forms as they are programmed to do, and therefore identifying them as such.

In this case, they will be denied access to the site and to complete the form and purchase. As a result, we can prevent them from spamming the site and disallowing the spam transactions from pushing through.

This field is completely invisible to actual users since they are not displayed to people who visit your checkout form.

ReCaptcha v3

reCaptcha is probably something that you’ve seen before and are familiar with. Google was the first to develop this and it started out as a simple puzzle that you need to solve to prove that you are human.

reCaptcha challenge puzzle

The most common kind is showing you an image of distorted numbers and letters that only a human will recognize and type out in a field.

In order to enable reCaptcha v3 in SureCart, you have to register your site and set it up on Google. Since this feature is owned by Google, you have to have a Google Account in order to activate it.

Here are the steps on how to register your site:

  1. Sign in to your Google Account
  2. Go to Google reCaptcha site admin registration page
Google reCAPTCHA setup settings
  1. Add a Label, this can be anything but to avoid confusion, you may enter the name of your site in this field
  2. Select the reCaptcha type, for this case, select “Score based (v3)”
  3. Add the domain/s of your website
  4. Agree to the terms of service
  5. Click Submit

From the next page, you can see your Site Key and Secret Key. These are the keys that you need to enable your reCaptcha v3 on SureCart.

Google reCaptcha site and secret key

Back on SureCart, copy the keys and paste them into the corresponding fields from your “Advanced” Tab.

SureCart Google reCAPTCHA v3 field to enter security key and secret key

Once you click Save, you’re all set. Google reCaptcha v3 has been successfully set up on your online shop and will appear when people make a purchase from your store.

Strong Password Validation

Strong password validation option on SureCart

With this option, your password fields, in the checkout form, gain an extra layer of security, ensuring that only strong, validated passwords are accepted.

example of strong password validation

Some say the simplest methods are often the most effective.

These validations include requiring passwords to be more than 6 characters long and having a special character included in addition to the alphanumeric password.

With this enabled, you can be sure that you and your users adhere to these rules to help contain any potential for breaches in security related to weak and easily guessed passwords.

By following these guidelines, you can be rest assured that you may never have the problem of dealing with spam and security issues in your SureCart store.

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