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New Captcha could spell end to distorted words, say hello to distorted images

New Captcha method could spell an end to those frustrating distorted-text variety

Trace Hagan | Dec 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm CST (0 mins, 55 secs time to read)

Everyone knows, and just about universally hates, those crazy word Captchas that require you to enter the text seen in a distorted image. Sometimes the text is easy to read and you get it first try, other times it takes several frustrating attempts to finally solve what the text says and to prove you're a human.

New Captcha could spell end to distorted words, say hello to distorted images |

Minteye has developed a new form of the Captcha that could very well catch on and become the new frustrating method of proving you are a human. Their new Captcha features a distorted or scrambled image that you have to fix by moving a slider at the bottom. If you move the slider to the correct place, congrats, you're a human!

The issue is whether or not this is easier for a spambot to solve. One of the original inventors of the Captcha thinks the new process might not work as well: he says software written to detect straight lines "would probably have a pretty good chance at defeating this." Then again, there is no perfectly secure Captcha.

Is this something you would prefer to the current Captchas?

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Trace Hagan


Trace is a starving college student studying Computer Science. He has a love of the English language and an addiction for new technology and speculation. When he's not writing, studying, or going to class, he can be found on the soccer pitch, both playing and coaching, or on the mountain snowboarding.

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