“hey guess what.. the captcha text you entered did not match our completely illegible Rorschach test. We’re gonna need you to look at another ink blot and try again, and Oh, by the way, we’ve randomly cleared out about 6 of the fields you entered so you’ll need to scour thru and figure out which ones and refill them in too. GOOD
LUCK ! (we really don’t like clients anyway)”
Sound familiar? Yet another incredible annoyance we have spammers and hackers to thank for making our lives that much more inconvenient. What’s worse is when programmers don’t program the forms to save the entered data after it returns the error and
you lose some of the info you just typed in.
The tests, called CAPTCHA, which stands for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart,” consists of challenges only humans should be capable of solving.
Check this link for more info: http://www.google.com/recaptcha/captcha
Some captcha’s are easier to read than others but what is important for the site’s owner is that font is distorted randomly, and not just having colors and lines thru it, as that can easily be filtered out.
In fact, in a recent study by some Computer Science students at Staford, Google’s was one of the few they could NOT get past. Another reason to thank the almighty Google.
And if you ever meet a spammer in the flesh, punch him in the throat for me, would ya? Thanks.