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[CNet]Outsmarted: Captcha security not much of a gotcha

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A team of Stanford University researchers has bad news to report about Captchas, those often unreadable, always annoying distorted letters that you're required to type in at many a Web site to prove that you're really a human.
Many Captchas don't work well at all. More precisely, the researchers invented a standard way to decode those irksome letters and numbers found in Captchas on many major Web sites, including Visa's Authorize.net, Blizzard, eBay, and Wikipedia.
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post #2 of 18
Wow their program is better at interpreting Captcha's than I am...
I'm nowhere near 60% with those stupid things.
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^ I lol'ed.

Scary though...what next? Having the compute read you static and saying words like

O, C, NOT Q, N?
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post #4 of 18
Like to have a super duper decoder Firefox addon for captcha's. Recaptcha is my worst enemy.
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If you read the article the success rate for RECAPTCHA was 0%. If you use anything other than RECAPTCHA, you might as well give up and invite spammers.
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post #6 of 18
Doesn't seem like it will really matter. The one that is hard to read anyways is the one that the tester doesn't know too well.
reCaptcha's true purpose
     
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post #7 of 18
The Google/Recaptchas are tough.
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I feel like someone should develop technology for web browsers that uses fingerprint scanners in the future to verify you as real. I mean it wouldn't happen unless they became affordable, but since we use them already to unlock computers, why not take it further and integrate it into web browsers?
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post #9 of 18
How about some sort of gesture-based Captcha? It's really not that difficult to think of and it already exists.

"Please drag X item into the circle"
(5 icons to choose from, you can drag and drop either one)

Create a database of 100+ different icons and have 5 of them randomly generated each time.
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post #10 of 18
Every time I see the reCaptcha box I seriously get an anxiety attack. Just seeing those colors makes me feel uneasy. I usually just move on and never use that site again. Sometimes I have to use them. In that case I have to use the audio. I literally cannot get them.

The most annoying thing is when you enter a sign up form and you enter the wrong captcha and it resets the form, or a lot of it(which is totally preventable).
    
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