It hasn’t been long since I wrote about my frustration with how Akismet deals with spams on my blog. In that post, I talked about a plugin that I use called Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin on my self-hosted WordPress sites to get rid of spams if I’m not using Disqus.
The way Growmap Anti Spambot plugin detects and stops bots is brilliant. It puts a check box with a customized message above the comment submit button. If you don’t tick that check box, your comment won’t go through. I assume bots aren’t capable of ticking that check box, which is why I never had a spam on the site where I used Growmap Anti Spambot plugin.
I have suggested a similar feature to be implemented in WordPress. But what I didn’t know was Google had been working on this all along. As I just found out today, Google has indeed released an advanced (and easier for users) spam prevention system that takes advantage of a check box.
Granted, it’s beyond just a simple check box under the hood. Google has implemented Advanced Risk Analysis engine that monitors user’s entire engagement with the reCAPTCHA the whole time to determine whether the user is a human or a bot. But for the user, it is the same as just a one-click solution to prove that they are human. It’s brilliant, effective, and fast. I’ve already used this technique, and I’m glad Google made it like this.
A lot of websites today use Google’s reCAPTCHA to prevent spambots from registering or commenting on sites. Some of them have already updated to Google’s No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA, including WordPress.org and Snapchat. It’s easy, it’s effective, and I bet it’s a matter of time until self-hosted blogs start using this for accepting user registration and comments.
Hats off to Google, for making CAPTCHA this easy. Even mobile users won’t have to deal with CAPTCHAs anymore as Google’s new No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA will take care of them intelligently. Here’s to hoping that soon we will no longer have to deal with CAPTCHAs of any sort on the internet.
This is likely the beginning of the end of the web’s one of the worst nightmares: CAPTCHA! If you want to use Google’s reCAPTCHA to stop spambots from registering on your site, you may want to give it a go.
When was the last time you had to type in a CAPTCHA and how many attempts did it take to succeed?