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Google calls time on reCaptchas

Annoying website security measures could be a thing of the past as Google introduce a simpler way for us to prove we are human.

recaptcha_1483594cAnyone who spends a lot of their time online will be more than aware (as well as probably sick to death) of having to enter a series of random letters and numbers into a box every time they want to proceed to the next page, order an item or set-up a new account.

We’ve all been there, innocently trying to progress through a website, only for some badly aligned words with strange fonts to appear, causing us to squint and cock our heads to one side, or if all else fails, just type what we think it is and hope for the best.

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The familiar collection of jumbled letters used to deter spam accounts

reCAPTCHA technology was designed to prevent spam accounts being created and for years users have had to confirm they aren’t robots by entering this mass of jumbled text into a box.

But to most people it’s just a pain in the backside – and it seems Google are more than aware of this.

So good news is on the way with the announcement that this rather antiquated system will be replaced with something much more simple and easy to use called “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA.”

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Web users will now be asked a simple question

Basically, the new API system just asks users if they are a robot with a simple question rather than trying their patience at every opportunity.

According to Google a significant number of users will soon be able to securely and easily verify they’re human without actually having to solve a CAPTCHA. Instead, with just a single click, they’ll confirm they are not a robot.