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Google is Reinventing CAPTCHA to be More User Friendly

Dec 05, 2014 · 3 min read

Google is Reinventing CAPTCHA to be More User Friendly

Most websites do not want to deal with spammers and bots that create numerous fake accounts on their website. Most commonly used method to prevent these fake accounts is CAPTCHA. An automatically generated code that is distorted in a way that computer should not be able to recognize the pattern of letters and digits. Sometimes, instead of a generated code a picture with a number is given for a user wanting to register to the website.

Both of the methods drastically reduce number of new fake accounts. However, it s highly inconvenient from a users perspective as the code sometimes is very hard to read thus requiring to refresh the CAPTCHA. It prolongs the process of the registration as well as causes frustration since you may misspell the code few times in a row.

Seeing the obvious irritation the current CAPTCHA system may cause Google has decided to reinvented the human recognition system to be much more user friendly and less of the hassle than the current one. Google is calling the new analysis method the ‘No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA’.

The system Google is planning to roll out simply ask whether you are a human and press a button. It is that simple and allows you to proceed to the page in most cases. If the system is not sure whether you are human after the you click a button, you will be presented a regular CAPTCHA. However, in most cases the CATCHA is not needed.

Besides the obvious discomfort the current system causes there is another reason for the reinvention of the CATCHA. Nowadays, AI is capable of solving 99.8% of CAPTCHAs they are given, this way eliminating the main reason the distorted text is being used for.

From the first looks at it the new method is very easy and should not cause any problems for the AI to bypass it. Nevertheless, reCAPTCHA, regardless of being much more user friendly, uses highly sophisticated algorithms and shows much better results than its predecessor.

A high focus is put into developing a reCAPTCHA version for the mobile devices as well. Unlike our PCs, hand-held devices have much smaller displays and keyboards, thus increasing the likelihood of a random human error. The possibility of such error is considerably smaller if typing is changed with the tapping. Furthermore, we should not call it a day yet since the project itself will allow Google and other companies to experiment with other options how to distinguish human from a machine.

Some big names have already adopted the new system. You may find it used on Snapchat, Humble Bumble, WordPress and other websites. The initial data shows that 60% of WordPress visitors was not asked to enter CAPTCHA, and for more than 80% of Humble Bumble visits the new reCAPTCHA was enough. The data clearly shows that even though the system is still being improved it already lets over half people avoid the CAPTCHA.

The new reCAPTCHA system is really great, though it is not designed to protect your personal information on the cyber space. If this information is exposed, you may suffer great financial losses or even a loss of your online identity. To secure this information we highly recommend to use a VPN. Just like the new Google’s project NordVPN aims to provide easy to use service that does not interfere with your daily lives.

Christina Craig
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Christina is a community manager and the heart, the voice and the soul of NordVPN. She is always up for a conversation with our community of users and blog readers.

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