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IMPORTANT - reCAPTCHA v1 Will Not Work After March 31, 2018

Friday, March 2, 2018

Google has released an important update about the reCAPTCHA v1 which is currently used in our VPCart mail protection forms.

Any calls to the reCAPTCHA v1 will not work after March 31, 2018.

With the retirement of reCAPTCHA v1 soon in the end of March 2018, Google has released a newer version which is reCAPTCHA v2.

reCAPTCHA v2 is currently the most secure and effective version of reCAPTCHA.

It will provide you less friction for human users and a better overall security experience.

Most websites around the world have already switched to reCAPTCHA v2, where humans pass effortlessly. reCAPTCHA v2 can effectively separate humans from bots and always stay ahead of the attackers.

Who is affected?

reCAPTCHA V1 was added to VPCart in version 7 so if you are using VPCart 7 or later then there is a chance your site uses reCAPTCHA v1.

If using VPCart 6.50 or earlier then you can relax, this one wont affect you.

How to tell if my site uses reCAPTCHA V1?

Easy! Go to your Contact Us page (shopcustcontact.asp) in your browser and if you see the reCAPTCHA logo as shown in the image above then your site is using reCAPTCHA.

If your VPCart site still uses reCAPTCHA v1 you need to make some changes before March 30 2018.

There are 4 alternatives :

1. Upgrade to our latest version

Our latest version now supports reCAPTCHA v2.

You can upgrade your VPCart by going to :

Advantage here is you also will be covered for the TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 retirement coming on June 30 2018.

2. Download reCAPTCHA V2 Patch for your V8 & V7 site.

For V8 customers, this patch is only for V8.1.0.15 and earlier v8 versions.

V8.1.0.16 and above do not need this patch as reCAPTCHA v2 has already been included in the default pacs.

You can download the reCAPTCHA V2 patch for v8 at :

For merchants that are using v7, you can download the patch at :

To install this patch to your v8 & v7 site simply follow the readme file inside the module zip.

For merchants that are using v6, v5 and below versions, there is no need to install this patch as these versions are not using reCAPTCHA v1. However we are strongly encouraging you to upgrade to our latest version to have more security protection to your email form.

3. Change to our Business Ready Plan

With our Business Ready Plans we will migrate your store to our servers, upgrade you to the very latest version, and update all of the gateway and shipping modules to use the very latest supported protocols for just $95 USD plus the monthly hosting fee however if you sign up for the Premium Plan we are happy to waive this.

Just enter the following discount coupon when checking out:


We will then run the upgrade wizard in the very latest release on your database and convert it so it can be used in your new store.

This way you do not lose any of your order history or product data and still get to take advantage of the new Mobile ready responsive web store.

We set everything up in a default storefront and then hand over to you so you can make any design or layout changes using the Layout Manager or you can even tweak the CSS as you have full access still to the source code.

If you have custom features in your existing store that you want to have brought over we are more than happy to quote on this for you as well.

If you have any questions regarding this reCAPTCHA update, please submit a helpdesk ticket to us at :

4. Change to using WebWiz CAPTCHA method

This is the simplest option and can be done by logging into your admin and going to Software Configuration.

Search for:


Change the entry to:


Click Continue and you are done!

Thank you



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