Google’s reCAPTCHA (Mostly) Does Away With Those Annoying CAPTCHAs


The end of the CAPTCHA is nigh — and very few tears will be shed for them. As Google today announced, those ubiquitous forms that make you prove you are human by typing in barely legible words and house numbers will soon be replaced with a single click — at least on sites that use Google’s reCAPTCHA service.

The company is now rolling out a new API that replaces the distorted text with a new experience where users simply check a box that says “I’m not a robot.”


For the time being, websites have the option to stick with the old experience or move over to the new API. For users, that switch probably can’t come fast enough, so chances are most sites that are under active development will switch over pretty soon.


So why is Google making this switch? It turns out that the old-style CAPTCHAs weren’t…

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