Google makes reCAPTCHA invisible, making it easier for humans

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The service and methods used by reCAPTCHA have evolved over the years, from simple words and numbers to image recognition, address plates from Street View, and more.

It’s been just over a couple years since Google took a big step forward in simplifying their free human verification service with their No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA format. Instead of having to fight with obscure and hard to read words and numbers, the new format simply required you to check the “I’m not a robot” box. Google is taking that one step further by introducing Invisible reCAPTCHA.

The service and methods used by it have evolved over the years, from simple words and numbers to image recognition, address plates from Street View, and more. As Google points out, the free spam fighting service serves a couple of purposes:

reCAPTCHA is a free service that protects your website from spam and abuse. reCAPTCHA uses an advanced risk analysis engine and adaptive CAPTCHAs to keep automated software from engaging in abusive activities on your site. It does this while letting your valid users pass through with ease.

reCAPTCHA offers more than just spam protection. Every time our CAPTCHAs are solved, that human effort helps digitize text, annotate images, and build machine learning datasets. This in turn helps preserve books, improve maps, and solve hard AI problems.

Obviously the No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA doesn’t assist with the latter, but it definitely provides spam and abuse protection for websites with effortless interaction for website visitors. For sites that have implemented Invisible reCAPTCHA, humans users will no longer see the familiar “I’m not a robot” checkbox and will be allowed to submit forms and other activities that often require confirming your non-robot status. Bots and suspicious users, on the other hand, will still have to solve the challenges or check the box in order to proceed.

What do you think about Google’s introduction of Invisible reCAPTCHA? Are you looking forward to not seeing the box as frequently anymore? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: Google
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