We all know those pesky puzzles at checkout asking you to identify traffic lights or decipher distorted letters. Not only do these riddles or CAPTCHAs make you overthink your answers, but they can hinder you from copping new sneakers or buying concert tickets. With the right tools and proxies, can you dodge CAPTCHAs altogether?
What are CAPTCHAs?
CAPTCHA stands for ‘Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart’ and its name does just that — they differentiate between robots and humans. It started back in 2000 when spammers would create millions of fake Yahoo email accounts without anyone or anything stopping them. To counteract these bots, Luis von Ahn created CAPTCHAs to safeguard against them. The traditional CAPTCHAs were the squiggly letters and numbers asking you to decode the text.
You will often run into CAPTCHAs at checkout on e-commerce sites where they try to avoid fraud and automated purchases. They’re an extra level of cybersecurity to prevent resellers, making it difficult for any sneakerhead to cop new kicks.
What is reCAPTCHA?
reCAPTCHA started by digitizing printed archives and was then bought by Google in 2009 to protect public data and prevent malicious activity. It’s a more developed CAPTCHA test where users have to identify certain objects within an image. There’s also the single checkbox test, where all you have to do is mark “I’m not a robot.” But it goes beyond just a simple checkmark, they trace the user’s mouse movements getting to the box. So a bot that’s moving in unhuman-like quick, linear paths will be easily detected.
How do they all work?
It may seem simple to identify everyday objects but bots have trouble solving and generalizing them into categories. People easily recognize different types of fonts, handwriting, or shapes while simple bots can’t. However, with innovations in machine learning, bots are getting better at solving these tests.
Can you bypass CAPTCHAs?
From browser extensions to CAPTCHA solving services, you can bypass solving these puzzles yourself. There are human-assisted services like 2Captcha or Anti Captcha that do the work for you and complete CAPTCHAs all day. APIs and image recognition tools can also help you beat CAPTCHAS and crawl freely.
CAPTCHAs and bots will always be head-to-head with each other. Your best bet is to avoid activities that will trigger CAPTCHAs. Ensure you don’t send too many requests on one IP address and use rotating proxies instead. And of course, mimic human-like behavior in your mouse movements.
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