Annoying CaptchasHow annoying are captchas? Way too annoying in my opinion. Maybe you have much better luck with them than I do. My success rate with them is on the low side. I mean more often than not I enter the code wrong. Sometimes I know I have entered exactly what I see, and it still tells me that I am wrong.

Other times I just can’t read the thing no matter what. I refresh upwards of 10 times, and I still can’t get one that is readable. I don’t know if I am just unlucky or if we all experience this same situation.

It does seem like captchas are a little less popular than what they were a few years ago. Whether they are losing popularity, or the sites I happen to visit just don’t use them. There are still plenty of websites that do use them yet though.

The ones I have the worst luck with are the kind with letters all twisted around. I swear they do not spell a word at all, and some of the letters are impossible to see or make any sense of.

I don’t mind the math types that ask something like: “What is 3+6?.” I think even a first or second grader could get that one right. Although once in a while I do get one that says I am wrong or to try again. Really? I didn’t manage to get 3+6 right? I have no idea what that one is about. All I can think of is their captcha system must be messing up.

Hard to read captcha

What does this one say?

When captchas first came about they did a fairly decent job at stopping spam bots, but today that is different story. Just about all of them have now been cracked or defeated. There are a number of decaptcha services out there that can automatically solve one in a matter of seconds. Decaptcha can be integrated into all sorts of software, and you can purchase one thousand captchas for less than two dollars. Don’t believe me? Do a quick Google search and see for yourself.

So they really don’t stop that many bots anymore. Of course they won’t stop human spammers either. The only thing they seem to do is prevent or discourage real visitors like myself because we can’t read the darn things.

Better Captcha

Slightly better and readable, but still annoying!

I don’t know how many times I just gave up on a website because I either couldn’t read the captcha, or I got tired of hitting the refresh button so many times. I end up giving up and moving on. I am not going to waste my time trying to figure out one of those things just to sign up or leave a comment on a website. I suspect that I am not the only one either.

I am getting to the point where I check to see if a particular site uses some form of captcha before I bother signing up or spending any time there.

What was once a nice idea and attempt at preventing spam bots is now a complete and total waste of time.

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