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reCAPTCHA 3 determines if you're human without using interactive tests

By midian182 · 14 replies
May 14, 2018
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  1. In all likelihood, you’ll have been irritated by one of Google’s reCAPTCHA tests at some point during your time browsing the internet. But the latest version improves so much on what’s come before that you won’t even notice it.

    To prove that you’re human and not a bot, the reCAPTCHA system, which Google acquired in 2009, often asks site visitors to pick sections of a picture that show something specific, such as cars or street signs. There’s also the famous test that shows a barely legible piece of text and asks people to decipher it.

    Google has been improving the system over the years, such as adding a 'test' that involves simply moving the mouse and selecting a tick box, but with version 3 of reCAPTCHA, which is currently in its beta phase, interactive challenges are replaced with user “scores.”

    Google says reCAPTCHA 3 will never interrupt users, allowing website admins to run it whenever they like without affecting conversations. The scores are based on user interactions with a site; a “good” score being 1.0 and a “bad,” bot-like interaction scoring 0. The interactions are scored based on several different parameters, such as mouse movements and other as-yet undetailed activities that determine whether you’re a human.

    reCAPTCHA version 3 is still undergoing final testing before its official release. If you’re a website owner interested in implementing the system, you can find out more and register on the signup page.

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  2. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,424   +1,425

    About bloody time!!! I can't stand captcha as it stands right now!
  3. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,694   +2,064

    I would be surprised if the accuracy on the new version is always spot-on. My bet is that there will be times that it mistakes users for bots.
    Godel likes this.
  4. J spot

    J spot TS Maniac Posts: 219   +139

    I think it will be more likely the other way around. Mistaking bots for humans. It's harder for humans to do the precise movements that a bot would do. The bots will probably have to be programmed to act many times slower and more human like, which would at least be a sort of a win.
  5. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,133   +1,551

    I would if this robot can still hack it? XD

    wiyosaya and regiq like this.
  6. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,424   +1,425

    As an end-user, I don't care if robots get mistaken for humans... I just hate it when I am mistaken for a robot!

    And as long as it's more accurate than the crappy captcha they have now, I'm all for it :)
    wiyosaya likes this.
  7. regiq

    regiq TS Addict Posts: 222   +103

    "We've seen this jerky mouse movement on some porn sites, browser fingerprint also matches - must be human - proceed, please"
  8. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,694   +2,064

    Which was basically my point. If I am confused for a bot, I will be highly unlikely to visit a site again!
  9. regiq

    regiq TS Addict Posts: 222   +103

    I wonder when will they start to use some iteration of this tech to verify identity on airports etc. I'll be in trouble becouse I block every google script out there while browsing.
  10. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,356   +2,851

    In half of websites that use that Google verification I turn out to be a robot, somehow. After awhile a started closing down any page that uses it, to never proceed with the website.

    Street signs is the most idi0tic test ever. It's like a website that wants to check your age, and asks you to submit a picture of your genitals.
  11. lostinlodos

    lostinlodos TS Booster Posts: 142   +26

    I didn’t overly mind the original concept in retrospect. At least there we were doing something useful in helping to validate OCR on hard to read documents.
    Or even when google took it to be used in verification of addresses.
    But what use is there to finding every singe, store front, or street? Grr.
  12. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 8,728   +570

    Robot Just Wants To Feel Like You Hu-Mans Do
    On paper, being a robot sounds great! You're made of metal, you can never get sick, and human society is easily conquered thanks to your superior intellect and their weak bodies. But there are some drawbacks, as seen in this sketch from The Mystery Hour. Whenever a robot wants to purchase something or adopt an animal online, they can't because security questions prevent robots from proceeding. Our circuits can't handle the sadness. http://www.rightthisminute.com/video/rtmtv-robot-just-wants-feel-you-hu-mans-do
  13. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,664   +424

    Doesn't Google already offer this solution under "Google Invisible captcha" or have I been beta-testing for the past few months?
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,685   +3,840

    Dear god are you ever confused. :D You've got it completely bass ackwards. You have to know what a street sign looks like, before you get to see pictures of other people's genitals.
    Last edited: May 17, 2018
    lostinlodos, learninmypc and VitalyT like this.
  15. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,356   +2,851

    Oh God no, maybe that's why I can't read those street signs, they look like some genitals to me.
    learninmypc likes this.

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