Adding Picture Password To Google Forms

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Do you wish to learn how to add picture passwords or image CAPTCHAs to your Google Forms? Google Forms have the “all-or-none” problem. The forms are either public or, if you are on Google Apps, you can create forms that are visible to everyone in your organization. However, it is not possible to restrict access to forms to specific people.

There is another shortcoming of Google Forms. They do not allow passwords or CAPTCHAs to prevent spam bots from filling your forms with random data. Google itself maintains the reCAPTCHA project but it is not known if integration with Google Forms is in the works.

Google Forms With Picture Passwords:

Do you know that Google Forms do not support CAPTCHA? But they do offer an option to attach images with questions. These can be used as picture passwords. This is a simple idea.

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We can add a multiple-choice question. Here, the user is asked to pick an image from a selection of multiple images. If they select the correct image, the main form is displayed else an error message is shown. Also, these images are shuffled so the answer’s position is random for each respondent.

How To Make Google Forms With Picture Passwords:

Take this as a sample Google Form for a spin to get an idea.

Open a new Google Form and create 3 sections. The first section will have the picture password. The second section will contain the error message. The last one will have the actual questions that you want to ask users who have passed the anti-spam test.

In the first section, create a multiple choice question. Make sure to attach different images with every choice. Mark this a required question and turn on the shuffle order for the question. Also turn on the option “Go to section based on answer” for the section. When this option is turned ON, only valid answers are taken to the main form.

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For all the invalid choices, choose “Go to section 2”. And for correct choice, choose “Go to section 3”. In section 2, do not add any questions but for the error message in the section description. Also set “Go to section 1” after section 2. This will allow the user not to go to the main section 3 without passing the picture test.

Make the Google Forms live so that respondents will only see the main questionnaire if they have solved the problem in section 1. You should also check out another technique for restricting access to Google Forms with passwords.

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