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Make CAPTCHA easy

December 4, 2014

No text, no math, no fuzzy images, just a checkbox stating “I’m not a robot”.  Great UX!

Google_reCAPTCHA

Reference: Are you a robot? Introducing “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA”

Download it here: Google reCAPTCHA

You were expecting more?

Well there is more to it than that.  If Google’s risk analysis engine can’t confidently predict that the user is human or a bot, then that’s the only time it will ask the user to enter some text (which means security is still not compromised).  So I’m guessing in the “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA” might start out to be an “extra step” for some users who might just want to enter the code straight away.  But Google’s engine gets better over time and so will its user experience.

On the other hand, if you’d like sort of a “gamified” CAPTCHA (something that can verify humans with a single click—or more clicks if you want to turn it into a quiz, but who wants that?), then Confident CAPTCHA is a good choice.  Drupal has been encouraging its use since 2010.  It didn’t pick up as fast as the regular CAPTCHA, perhaps because of the space it occupied on the page.  But it looks great (and easy to use) on mobile phones.  Check their demo.

A similar implementation was created by Jordan Kasper about the same year in his SimpleCaptcha jquery plug-in.  It looks something like this:

JordanKasper_SimpleCaptcha

Works great with casual websites but maybe not for corporate (or serious-looking) ones.  Regardless, I find it smart!  (Wish I’d thought of that…  By the way, Jordan, I love your site!)

Kudos to these developers who took UX seriously by improving the interfaces of even the simplest functions, like the CAPTCHA (and reCAPTCHA).

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