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Someone Else Claiming CAPTCHAS Are Dead

Craig Butler of SitPoint.com has published an article which outlines his reasoning as to why CAPTHCAS have finally reached their end of life. Captchas are usually the first lines of defense for web forms to combat against automated bots/scripts who’s sole purpose is to spam. Here is the list Craig has for why Captchas need to be replaced with something that works.

  1. Accessibility
  2. Not A Turing Test
  3. All CAPTCHAS Can Be Cracked
  4. CAPTCHAS Are Getting More Difficult
  5. CAPTCHAS Measure Ability

I agree with practically every point mentioned in the article. I for one have a difficult time filling out CAPTCHAS let alone someone without sight, or hearing. At least on my blog, Akismet has been doing a great job allowing me to the keep the comment form Captcha free. I don’t know what the answer is to replace the Captcha system which is why I’ll be keeping an eye out for the follow up post which will include a set of alternatives to help spot hackers and bots without disrupting real users.

Author: jeffc

7 thoughts on “Someone Else Claiming CAPTCHAS Are Dead

  1. So glad it’s not just me that has a problem with reading captchas Jeff. I have noticed that by the third or so effort they seem to give you one that is easier to read? – or maybe it is my imagination and that I am totally cross eyed by then!

  2. And I thought I just needed glasses…lol! The only CAPTCHAS that ever seem to work for every browser and every person are the math questions printed in plain fonts. (Thanks for using that device, but no algebra, please.) Ever have problems viewing CAPTCHAS with IE8? I ran into that this morning. Couldn’t comment on the blog I was reading because my browser wouldn’t let me view the CAPTCHA, and there was no “listen” option. I’m all for security, but this is getting ridiculous!

  3. Great post .. Captche are sometimes very confusing as they are printed i prefer maths questions but only simple addition because other ones are sometime very much confusing and Irritating.

  4. I don’t use captcha anymore for all my blogs. Instead using captcah I prever to use anti bot form. There are some plug-ins that adding an empty input field in the comments form. If a bot, it will filled out and the comment form wouldn’t work. Of course the field is invisible to human.

    I do hate captcha, most of it are hard to read.

  5. And I thought I just needed glasses…lol! The only CAPTCHAS that ever seem to work for every browser and every person are the math questions printed in plain fonts. (Thanks for using that device, but no algebra, please.) Ever have problems viewing CAPTCHAS with IE8? I ran into that this morning. Couldn’t comment on the blog I was reading because my browser wouldn’t let me view the CAPTCHA, and there was no “listen” option. I’m all for security, but this is getting ridiculous!

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