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How To Get Google reCAPTCHA V2 API Keys

Google reCAPTCHA V2 Widget

Google reCAPTCHA has been an invaluable tool in fighting spam. However it comes with a cost to your users when they have to type hard to read letters and numbers to prove they are not a robot. The difficulty in filling out a form is directly related to the engagement and responses you will receive.

But now Google has come along and released version 2 of the reCAPTCHA tool, a beautiful and easy to complete widget that is even more effective than the previous reCAPTCHA. And did I mention it was easy?

Simply click. Really, that’s it. One click to prove you are not a robot and you are on your way.

If you click multiple times in a short period of time, the responses will get a bit more challenging. However if you are a normal human being, you will probably never even see these more advanced challenges.

Getting The Free API Keys

The only requirement to getting your free Google reCAPTCHA V2 API keys is you must have a Google account (a Gmail account). If you do not have one, you can sign up for a free Google account here

Once you have your Google account ready, head to the Google reCAPTCHA website.

Find and click the Get Recaptcha button in the upper-right corner:
Get Google reCAPTCHA V2 API Keys button

If you are not already logged in, you may have to enter your Google username and password, and click the Get reCAPTCHA button again. Otherwise you should be logged into your Google reCAPTCHA account.

In the Register a new site section, enter a label in the Label box, and the URL for your site, without with http://. E.X. – example.com in the Domains box. Click the Register button.
Google reCAPTCHA V2 API Keys register screen

You should now see your new site key and secret key that will allow you to start using the Google reCAPTCHA V2 widget on your site. For more information on how to implement the reCAPTCHA widget, check the Google reCAPTCHA Developers page.

Google reCAPTCHA V2 In WordPress

If you are interested in adding Google’s noCAPTCHA widget to WordPress, check out our 2BC Form Security WordPress plugin. With a few minutes of setup, it will add the noCAPTCHA widget to the WordPress log in form, comment form, or the registration form.