Published on Feb 29, 2016

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CAPTCHA

Just a moment while I plug in my Greek keyboard.

Have you ever found yourself unable to complete a transaction or sign up to a mailing list online because you couldn’t decipher a string of incomprehensible text?

For years, we’ve been asked to make like the Da Vinci Code and bust out our cryptography skills to make sense of the insensible: Completely Automated Public Turing tests to tell Computers and Humans Apart.

You—and more importantly, your customers—might know them better as rage inducing CAPTCHAs.

CAPTCHAs are designed to detect whether a real human being or a malicious program—a bot— is attempting to conduct online business. CAPTCHAs work by presenting a distorted message to the user in either text or audio format which needs to be accurately interpreted and input to progress to the next part of a form or website.

CAPTCHAs are used for many reasons including tamper prevention, limiting the abuse of free online resources, and to inhibit spam production.

However, they aren’t always easy to decipher and often contain inadvertently risqué or downright inappropriate text. Some are so completely ridiculous that late night talk show hosts have used CAPTCHA examples to great comedic effect.

New CAPTCHA technology streamlines the process

 ACAPTCHA not a robot new CAPTCHA application is making online human verification more user friendly. Google recently released No CAPTCHA–reCAPTCHA technology which allows users to simply check a box to say “I’m not a robot”.

reCaptcha doesn’t rely on the inability of bots to decipher distorted text. Instead, it is the user’s engagement before, during and after the click that determines their human status.

Business currently using traditional CAPTCHA applications can find out more about reCAPTCHA by visiting the Google website. The new application can be easily integrated into existing websites and offers state of the art spam and abuse protection for websites – not to mention a better and more streamlined experience for users.