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Google's New reCAPTCHA Automatically Tells You're Not A Bot

10 Mar, 2017
Google New reCAPTCHA Automatically Tells You are Not A Bot

Google’s new & revised reCAPTCHA is invisible!

Implemented in 2009, reCAPTCHA has become the de facto tool for websites to distinguish bots masquerading as humans, from real-world users.

With it’s name derived from the product’s mission statement Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart, reCAPTCHA has over the years used various methods to make this distinction. This includes asking users to transcribe distorted words, confirm street views, identify pictures, or sometimes just mark a tick. So, those annoying gibberish texts you’ve had to type out at the end of forms, or the ‘which pictures have a street sign’ pop, actually played an extremely important role in keeping systems (and your accounts) secure.
Google’s reCAPTCHA is a rather hardworking tool, that thrives on its efforts to keep websites safe from various threats posed by rogue viruses, and bots on the internet.

Now, the hardworking system has seem a major upgrade to it’s habits and intelligence. Think of it as an intensive brain surgery…

Google has used a combination of machine learning and advanced risk analysis, to update the system to detect human habits without dedicated interactions. So, when you are basically going about your business on the internet, this upgraded system should be invisible, opening gates (sites and forms) for you, without your even realising how and when it’s doing that for you!

While your behaviour and basic interactions would be monitored, however only at a very superficial level – just to make sure you have warm blood flowing through your veins and not electrical electrons buzzing over silicon circuits!

If you do trip Google’s risk analysis algorithms, then the new system might ask you to solve a simple puzzle, just to make sure that you are human indeed (a lot like the current grids).

Google did not reveal much about how the invisible reCAPTCHA works, but just said their technology will “actively consider a user’s engagement with the CAPTCHA — before, during, and after — to determine whether that user is a human“.

Our guess is that the system probably analyses things like typing speed, cursor movements, and rate of scrolling to determine whether a visitor is a human or a bot. People type relatively slowly, rarely move their cursors in straight lines, and usually take their time scrolling through a website. Bots don’t work quite like that.

Additionally, we’re quite sure the new system would also consider other variables like your IP address and perhaps check for any historical misdemeanours from that IP etc.

Clearly, this simple change to the authentication process would significantly reduce the number of times that Google might have to engage with the users personally, thus enhancing their experience and making searches easier and quicker.

All in all, hassle-free internet journey seem like the end goal.