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Does it seem CAPTCHAs are Harder Nowadays? Well, it’s not just you. They’re getting Complex

by Felix Omondi

There are times you get online and just want to zone into the work that took you there in the first place. You do not have the time or bandwidth to hurt your brain trying to prove you’re a human and not a robot.

We get it! It is a small inconvenience we must pay to protect our online accounts from would be bot-hackers and all. But lately, things have been getting ridiculous and outright nonsensical.

Nonsensical and Brain Hurting

One internet user is quoted by a section of the media as having to get online only to be asked to click on apples on boxes of an image of an apple tree. Could you imagine if there were 20 or 30 apples in that tree, how many boxes would one have to click to be allowed through to their accounts?

Things are going to get even stranger, to be honest, because now you have to do something that’s nonsensical. Otherwise, large multimodal moded will be able to understand,” said Kevin Gosschalk, a CEO of Arkose Labs, an internet-security firm designing captchas.

Bots are Getting Smarter so You have to Prove Yourself Better

CAPTCHA – Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart is one of the fundamental cybersecurity measures to deter automated programs – bots – from accessing critical web resources.

As fate would have it, gatekeepers of cybersecurity are always in a race against hackers and other internet fowl players. For the better part of history, the gatekeepers seem to be always ahead of the game.

However, it turns out that the bad guys are upping their game. Bots are increasingly solving today’s standards of CAPTCHA. Naturally, the cybersecurity gatekeepers have to up their game as well.

The downside of that development is that you, the end human user, now have to solve a slightly more complex CAPTCHA. Hence, netizens are increasingly complaining about the increasingly difficult CAPTCHAs being served to them.

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