How to change the Default Captcha in Joomla 3


Using a captcha is an easy way to help prevent spammy activity on your website. For example, setting up a captcha can help prevent automated bots from registering for new accounts on your Joomla 3.0 website.

If you’re not already familiar with what a captcha is, you can find more information here.

To change the default captcha used in Joomla 3

  1. Log into your Joomla 3.0 admin dashboard
  2. In the left menu, click the Global Configuration link
  3. In the top menu, ensure you are on the Site tab by clicking Site
  4. Find the Default Captcha setting under the Site Settings heading. If you mouse over the text, Default Captcha, Joomla 3.0 will show you the following message:

    Default Captcha:
    Select the default captcha for your site. You may need to enter required information for your captcha plugin in the Plugin Manager.

    By default, only the following options are available:
    – None Selected –
    Captcha – ReCaptcha (click here for ReCaptcha setup instructions)

    Make your desired change and then click the Save button in the top left.

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