Joomla! 1.6.X - Use Securityimages 6.X
* Native Joomla! 1.6 plugin, not a component anymore!
* Use Joomla! buildin extensions manager for easy update
* Support best online captcha services: Recapctha, KeyCaptcha and NuCaptcha
* Protect all JForm Field of all Joomla! extensions without ANY patches to Joomla! core or extensions
Joomla! 1.5.X - Use Securityimages 5.X
* Components + FTP Joomla! 1.5 core patches
* 5 famillies of highly configurable captchas.
* Used by many others extensions: akobook, akocomment, Joomla! contact, login and registration, simpleboard forum,
* Joomla! core patches for protecting: Contact, Login, register, lost password, lost user account, Akobook, Akocomment, virtuemart
You have to be brave to attempt to install this for all the above reasons, but if you make the attempt, the end result might well be exactly what you want.
Good points - Good and configurable captcha. Walter does his best to handle innumerable forum support requests. The joomla 1.0 version provides captcha on the administrator back end as well as the front. The product works. Walter is trying very hard to provide a product, documentation and a support level that is better than most.
If older versions were better supported and the back end of Joomla 1.5 was better protected I would give this component an Excellent.
Thanks for your feedbacks
>The negatives first. Security Images - Tricky to implement as it requires lots of core hacks.
>Each time you upgrade Joomla, those hacks need to reapplied with new hacks suited to the new
>Joomla version. The captcha may often not show due to template overrides so after all the
>installation work the captchas may still not show.
Was true in Joomla 1.0 and Joomla 1.5 and not anymore starting with securityimages 6.0 (J1.6 and upward till J2.5)
>The captcha is no longer available for
>the administrator page so you can only have captcha on login/registration and contacts.
True starting with Joomla 1.5 and this is due the way Joomla CMS handle sessions.
In Joomla 1.6 and up all forms created with Joomla native JField will be protected without any code changes.
>The backend is a bit hard to comprehend and Walter's English translations need some assistance
>from a natural English speaker.
Yes that true I suppose you are still using joomla 1.0, securityimages 3.x is from 2004. I try now for other
components cedtag, cedthumbnails and cedsmugmug to have a nice and modern administrator backend panel.
>It is also not easy to make all 3rd party components accept captcha, each requiring specific hacks to code.
Yes and No.... there is an API in securityimages 3.x, 4.x and 5.x but in Joomla 1.0/1.5 there was no way to
define customs events to let me plug 3rd party code in other 3rd party components.
>Support is not available for the older versions for security images.
Since July 22nd 2009: Joomla 1.0 has reached end-of-life. And so has also support for securityimages 3.x, 4.x ended.
Since Marc 30th 2012: Joomla 1.5 has reached end-of-life. And so has also support for securityimages 5.x ended
-> I may solve security issues through but certainly do not improve the code anymore.
>Walter's website is as confusing as the component backend.
I did improve the situation thanks to cedtag and reorganize the menu "Joomla" by extensions. You can use my contact section to provide me some feedbacks.
I will invest some time in the comming days to improve even more
>The documentation is thorough though confusing at times with unresolved ambiguities. Walter's components and acoutrements seems a little chaotic sometimes.
I will work on it this week as well.
>You have to be brave to attempt to install this for all the above reasons, but if you make the attempt, the end result might well be exactly what you want.
Securityimages6 just require you to install a plugin (Joomla 1.6 to Joomla 2.5)
>Good points - Good and configurable captcha. Walter does his best to handle innumerable forum support requests.
>The joomla 1.0 version provides captcha on the administrator back end as well as the front. The product works.
>Walter is trying very hard to provide a product, documentation and a support level that is better than most.
>If older versions were better supported and the back end of Joomla 1.5 was better protected I would give this component an Excellent.
BTW consider using htaccess for the admin area, solving a captcha wont help a lot since there is now good tool to reverse engineer the captcha.
I installed this Security Images plugin instead. I'm using the little animated movie captcha, which is easy to read and only requests 3 letters.
I didn't have any problems with installation: it showed up on the Registration Form immediately.
I don't understand why Joomla's default Recaptcha looks so incredibly BAD. Almost completely unreadable! I'm very glad there are other options like this Security Image plugin.
I downloaded and installed this and got the API for nucaptcha and within 5 minutes from downloading and installing I was setup and ready go to.
I have not had a single bot registration since I Installed this.
Installed easily enough. Configuration is pretty simple, not much one should be able to screw up. But after trying with all three captcha types on all five components, I can't get a security image to show up on ANY of them.
There is no documentation for Joomla 1.6/1.7, nor is there a support forum for it. The contact form to contact the author is broken.
You'd think something that was very recently updated for 1.6/1.7 would be better supported.
I kept getting the "500 - View not found" error when trying to save the settings. This error is mentioned in the documentation but it simply says the component was not correctly installed. However, I get no errors when installing and reinstalling does nothing. All directory perms are set properly etc.
Support is non-existent. There's a guy on the forums who posted in August and the solution is simple - he needs to upload the patched files. No one could even take the time to reply to him in 3 months however.
Move along and find another com. This one is dead.
This is a fantastic component. Like all the CAPTCHA based components it requires some modifications to the Joomla core files. This is a necessary evil I'm afraid and those who complain that it's too complex dont understand this.
In addition to be an excellent component on it's own, the developer has provided information to other developers on how to integrate it with other components. This means that VirtueMart 1.1.3 comes with support for Security Images 5 already baked in.
Well done! Great component.
The first zip file is installed using the Joomla Install method in the Admin back end. Too Easy. It will even tell you when installation has been completed and if it was successful.
The next part is a bit fiddly as you need to unzip the patch file in a folder and then FTP its contents to your website where some 14 Joomla files are replaced by these patched files to enable the Captcha engine to intercept the php script.
Once this is done you simply go to the Joomla Global Configuration manager and SWITCH ON the component. I must admit I did have an issue here as after successful install the option to switch on the component was NOT showing up. After a few hours researching I simply unzipped the patch file again and used FTP to upload the files again. This time it worked!!
The Security Images component has a very powerful and useful back end configuration menu which not only allows you to make configuration changes but also has very useful troubleshooting options. Also there is a range of different Captcha core or plug-in supplied that give you lots of different options to display graphical letters.
On the front end it works very well and integrates well with the register,login and contact pages.
I believe when Joomla V1.6 is released the installation will be even easier as the patch files will no longer be necessary.
Overall 10 out of 10 for this fine product.
I think it would be a improvement if the image could be placed over the input box, instead of alongside. I achieved that with a hack anyway.
Thank you very much for an making this package available.
I downloaded and tried for about an hour after reading the directions forward and backwards to get this up and running with no luck. I downloaded the two packages that seem to be required. The com itself and the core hacks package. Then I went through the step by step of turning the captcha on. No luck. (rinse, repeat, no luck)
As for my background I have probably downloaded and installed hundreds of different mods and coms over the years including items like CB and Jomsocial. I can't think of any others that I was unable to get working after it was installed...
This com does seem like it would be a huge asset for any web site so I will make another attempt (and review) when a new release comes out.
Also I would like to suggest keeping the files required to install the system close to each other. Not one on this page and one on the other side of the web site.