Google has finally did something it should have done years ago, and that is removing the annoying CAPTCHA and replaced it with simple phrases such as, “What is Your Favorite Color?” CAPTHCAs are used to decipher spam bots from humans, and in most cases, it works wonders. However, there are times when a CAPTCHA is too difficult to read, and it forces the user to refresh, which is a waste of valuable time.
Furthermore, the CAPTHCAs have become more complicated as spammers become more sophisticated at breaking the code. This makes it even more difficult for Internet users to sign up to a social network or a popular service.
What Google is doing now, is asking users to answer simple questions, and the company has created a team called “reCAPTCHA” for this very task. The company promises that this simpler measure to test if Internet users are robots, will have the same level of security. Websites using the API just requires a simple click of the mouse to allow the system to tell human from robot.
At the moment, there are several early adopters, and these include websites such as WordPress, Humble Bundle, Snapchat, among others. Since the implementation of the technology, more than 60 percent of WordPress traffic were met with the new system, while that number is 80 percent for Snapchat.
“For years, we’ve prompted users to confirm they aren’t robots by asking them to read distorted text and type it into a box,” reCAPTCHA product manager Vinay Shet wrote in a blog post. “But, we figured it would be easier to just directly ask our users whether or not they are robots.”
The new technology is not just for normal websites, but for mobile websites as well.
We must point out that Google isn’t the first company to do something like this. It is not certain if Google’s implementation is more secure, but the search giant is definitely not the first to come up with this idea.
As more websites adopt the new API, more people will see “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHAs”. Early adopters, like Snapchat, WordPress, Humble Bundle, and several others are already seeing great results with this new API. For example, in the last week, more than 60% of WordPress’ traffic and more than 80% of Humble Bundle’s traffic on reCAPTCHA encountered the No CAPTCHA experience—users got to these sites faster.
When will the reCAPTCHA API be available for the public, and will Google use it to gather information. The reCAPTCHA API is available right now, right here. However, when it comes down to whether or not Google plans on collecting data, we have no idea. Source: [Google]
Until now, Google should’a, could’a, would’a, had no proven method of bypassing CAPTCHAs.
Advocates of unobtainium belong to the “I wouldn’t do it that way” school (School of Innumerate Engineering, SIE, pronounced sigh) of thought.