If there’s one thing more annoying than overly complex password requirements, it’s barely legible captcha puzzles that websites use to determine whether or not we’re really human beings or are just bots trying to set up spam accounts. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google has come up with a brilliant solution to this problem that not only minimizes the use of captcha puzzles but also involves one of the Internet’s favorite things: Pictures of cute animals.
For most of the time, the solution involves having users simply check a box on a website that reads, “I am not a robot.” Google would only make users perform captcha puzzles if they exhibit bot-like behaviors such as coming from suspicious IP addresses or applying to multiple accounts on the same website in a short period of time.
As if that weren’t cool enough, Google’s captcha replacement tool gets even better for smartphones.
“On mobile phones, Google’s new tool would allow users to match pictures, rather than parse small lines of text,” the Journal writes. “For instance, Google may show an image of a turkey, and users would have to click on pictures of other turkeys, which may appear near pictures of cats and dogs.”
Check out the Journal’s full report on Google’s captcha replacement plan by clicking the source link below.