Goodbye Captcha! Google Now Asks Users Directly if they are Robots
You probably know quite well what the annoying CAPTCHA is – Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. In other words, a code system that has been made by Google to fight against malicious online activity.
However, it has proved to be rather annoying to have to decipher that annoying jumbled text every time. So Google has decided it is time to update the system. From now on, a user will be given a tickbox to check, as opposed to the earlier system of deciphering distorted text and rewriting it.
Albeit it sounds quite simple, there’s a lot of work being done behind the curtains, according to Google. Vinay Shet, the product manager of reCAPTCHA, explained this in a blog post:
While the new reCAPTCHA API may sound simple, there is a high degree of sophistication behind that modest checkbox
Mobile users will be among the ‘winners’ of this new method, as they will be able to tap photos of turkeys or cats instead of having to enter distorted text. Sites such as WordPress, Snapchat, Humble Bundle and others have already started using the new noCAPTCHA reCAPTCHA. Shet adds more details:
In cases when the risk analysis engine can’t confidently predict whether a user is a human or an abusive agent, it will prompt a CAPTCHA to elicit more cues, increasing the number of security checkpoints to confirm the user is valid.