Imperva study finds CAPTCHA should be replaced by games

Jun 18, 2012
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We’ve all been there. No matter how good your vision is, if you spend any amount of time on a computer, you’ve had at least one experience of not being able to read what the heck those garbled inhuman words on those CAPTCHA screens are supposed to be. Now, a company called Imperva says there needs to be a new standard that will alleviate frustration from both website owners and end users.

Exactly in line with an initiative by a company called Are You A Human, Imperva wants to take the tedium and annoyance out of CAPTCHA and turn it into a game. Not only will these be more engaging for users, but they'll also be nearly unhackable. There are already programs that exist that can hack many CAPTCHA providers. So Imperva believes that by forcing users to play a very quick micro-game, it's a win-win.

"Human-based CAPTCHA solving services pose a serious threat to Web security and challenge the whole concept of CAPTCHAs. They were originally intended to distinguish humans from computers, but now automated software is using actual humans to cheat the test and pass as humans. This challenges even the most innovative efforts," said Imperva.

[via VentureBeat]


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