Google replaces CAPTCHA with a simple checkbox and replaced the overly complicated phrases with a simple test for proving the user is not a robot.
Google has discovered that there is a far easier way of detecting bots than using difficult to read text. Google has come up with a way of preventing hijinks by simply using a checkbox. All the user has to do is simply tick a box saying he is not a robot.
Finally, Google replaces CAPTCHA with a simple checkbox and has called the new technology reCAPTCHA. CAPTCHAs were used to differentiate humans from robots on the Internet by requiring users to decode words before being able to proceed with tasks.
Vinay Shet, reCAPTCHA product manager said:
“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. But, we figured it would be easier to just directly ask our users whether or not they are robots.”
Google’s new reCAPTCHA system promises the same level of security without the need of deciphering usually unreadable texts. The websites using the interface will require a single click of the mouse to confirm that the user is not a robot.
The early adopters of the new interface include WordPress, Humble Bundle and Snapchat among other websites. Since the implementation of the new interface, since the last week, over 60 percent of all traffic on WordPress and more than 80 percent on Humble Bundle came across with the new reCAPTCHA experience.
“As more websites adopt the new API, more people will see ‘No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHAs.’ Early adopters … are already seeing great results. Humans, we’ll continue our work to keep the Internet safe and easy to use. Abusive bots and scripts, it’ll only get worse—sorry we’re (still) not sorry.”
The new API allows Google to also experiment with easier and new challenges for users of mobile devices, like tapping on photos of turkeys or cats instead of having to type a line of text that has been coded to make it unreadable by bots onto their mobile phones.