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CAPTCHAs Informative - Such A Nuisance

Review by 92989 on 2009-06-01
Anyone else just a tad bit annoyed at those CAPTCHAs? You know what I mean..when you go to sign up for a new email address or whatnot, the system makes you enter a series of letters/numbers all jumbled up in a single image.

Took me nearly 8 attempts to get through the confirmation page of opening a new Yahoo! e-mail account earlier because those CAPTCHAs had indistinguishable letters and numbers, all jumbled up, slanted, with lines running through them.

I know these are a necessity to stop bots. However, can't they provide a different solution? Send a text to my cell phone, send an email to an alternate email address, or give me an audio clip to listen to and transcribe!

[/end of rant] Thank you..had to vent.
Comments:7 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-06-02
Posted by MRM on 2009-06-01:
Im glad Hotmail doesnt use CAPTCHAS as I check my email very often.
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-06-01:
Yahoo captahs are very hard to read, I couldn't agree more.
Posted by fireheart17 on 2009-06-01:
The reason why they use the CAPTCHAs are because they're nearly impossible to read by bots. There are some simple ones out there, but they really need to conform to one simple standard. Unfortunately, because new bots and viruses are being created all the time,there's not much choice.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-06-01:
They are a pain in the butt. I don't mind the ones that are basically straight forward, but when you can't tell a letter from a number, it's irritating!
Posted by goduke on 2009-06-02:
The ticketmaster ones are the worst. First they tell you that you have about a minute to get through the screen in order to keep your place in line, then put a series of misspelled words with numbers and symbols. Talk about performance pressure.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-06-02:
They are a little anoying,but it is what it is
Posted by GenuineNerd on 2009-06-02:
Captchas are a great way to keep spammers, bots, and hackers out of certain web sites and forums. I have a MySpace account, in which I once had problems with "friend requests" that turned out to be links to sex web sites...and one of those sites left a virus on my computer because it was set up in a way that I couldn't back out of it. I had to shut down the computer and reboot, then run my virus scanner, to get rid of it. (The virus left pop ups on Internet Explorer...but not Firefox.) Since I adjusted my MySpace settings to require that a "captcha" be typed for any new friend request, I had no problems. Most spam is sent via bots. Captchas require a human to type it in, thus keeping spam and scams out.

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