“Why do i get blank forms filled in from my website signup pages or contact pages?”
“What is with all the blank form requests on my website?”
“How do I stop Blank Forms being Filled in on my Website?”
Sometimes it is the little things which make a difference when helping a client and these questions have been coming up a lot recently;
First off, approximately One Third of all website traffic is fake. Yes you read that right one third. Seems like a especially high number right? it is I agree, but easily explained.
You may want to skip ahead to the solutions if the ‘why’ this happens doesn’t interest you. The long and short of it is there are good and bad robots out there in software cyber land. The good robots are the ones that help and monitor your website, GoogleBots and Security Bots, send traffic to your website to check content for SEO and ensure you’re site isn’t hacked respectively. Then there are the bad robots, yep you guessed it, they are trying to take down your site, install bad code, trick you into sending them money (well not the robots but the programmers behind them). While there are tons of technical terms and types for these bad robots, basically they install viruses or try and hack your website via the forms on your website, this particular case is called ‘Form Stuffing’ and why forms come out blank.
Now before we start on how to deal with the blank forms and the annoying emails or data they generate in your CMS, we strongly recommend upgrading your website so dangerous attacks via forms, which everyone faces, are mitigated so they have no chance of success. If you haven’t already these form-stuffing robots love sites which don’t have the security built in over the top of the form so – tell your website developer or digital agency to ensure code (e.g. PHP or JAVA etc) cannot be pushed in via your forms, only the text which is expected should be allowed. This means adding form validation to nearly every form element, annoying I know, but better than your site, computer or data being hacked.
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