I Hate Them and So Do You

I absolutely hate captcha. CAPTCHA is an acronym that stands for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. Captcha is that security feature on websites that ask you to type the text in an image to verify you are human and not some kind of bot. I completely understand the need to prevent spammers from doing automated comments or signups, but captcha images have become so difficult to read you need training as a CIA cryptologist to decypher what the garbled text in the image actually says.

There is nothing more frustrating than registering with some website, filling out a long detailed form, being told 10 times that different variations of the user name you chose are unavailable, only to come to the end of the process and face some captcha with unreadable gibberish. You’ve just spent 20 minutes filling out the form and now after 5 tries at the looney captcha text, you are ready to throw your computer out the window.

What good is a process that only alienates your users?Captcha also causes problems for dyslexic people and those with poor eyesight. Also with so many people using smaller mobile devices, captcha codes are becoming even harder to read. There simply has to be a better way to tell humans and computers apart. Here are some alternatives:

  • Pictures with questions such as what color is the car in the picture?
  • Common sense questions such as what does the earth revolve around?
  • Simple math problems such as 3+6=?
  • Trivia questions such as name one of the Beatles.
  • I am not a technology nerd, so I don’t know if the above alternatives are workable. All I know is a security system meant to distinguish between humans and computers that provides tasks that humans cannot perform is flawed. Nobody likes captcha. The person or persons who creates an alternative will have the gratitude of hundreds of millions around the world.

    About unredundant

    I am an American expat living in Tokyo, Japan. I love interacting with people so feel free to comment or ask questions. Thank you so much for dropping by!

    Posted on August 22, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

    1. I hate them too!! Your suggestions are brilliant!

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