Most of us are familiar with Captchas, those often illegible bits of text and numbers used to distinguish humans from bots when registering for a new service or attempting to gain access to a restricted area.
Google acquired reCaptcha in 2009 and has been using it for the past several years in an attempt to keep bots and spam at bay. Now, the search giant is rolling out a new version of reCaptcha that radically simplifies the process.
Instead of having to type a pair of words or numbers in to verify your human identity, reCaptcha will now simply ask you to tick a checkbox proclaiming you aren’t a robot. It doesn’t get much easier than that but why the change?
Modern artificial intelligence technology can solve even the most difficult distorted text at 99.8 percent accuracy which means the common Captcha is no longer a valid way to keep the bots out. No Captcha reCaptcha, as Google is calling it, sounds incredibly basic at first glance but the technology that powers it is quite sophisticated.
Last year, Google developed an advanced risk analysis backend for reCaptcha which looks at a user’s entire engagement with a Captcha before, during and after to determine if they are human. Specifically, Google will take into account a variety of factors to determine authenticity including what site the visitor came from, how steady the mouse cursor movement was and how long it moved, among others.
No Captcha reCaptcha is already live on a few sites including Snapchat, Humble Bundle and WordPress.