Google Updates reCAPTCHA To Weed Out Bad Bots And Web Trash

As the Internet has grown up before our very eyes, a bevy of security protocols have taken shape to protect its users from ill-willed computers and those who program them. It may sound a bit dystopian, but Google has been one of the companies on a mission to make security easier and more foolproof for the masses. As it goes, CAPTCHAs have become commonplace on the web, typically used on ticketing services and sign-up pages to ensure that bots aren't buying or creating accounts en masse.

As Google states: "Over the last few years advances in artificial intelligence have reduced the gap between human and machine capabilities in deciphering distorted text." We'd agree with that sentiment, and Google's security team has been working a way to evolve a proven tool in order to ready it for the next-generation of Internet users. reCAPTCHA has recently been improved, and according to Google, is now "more adaptive and better-equipped to distinguish legitimate users from automated software."

The updated system uses advanced risk analysis techniques, actively considering the user’s entire engagement with the CAPTCHA—before, during and after they interact with it. That means that today the distorted letters serve less as a test of humanity and more as a medium of engagement to elicit a broad range of cues that characterize humans and bots.

The point here is to make these easier for actual humans to complete, while hiding them from the digital eyes of bots altogether. Google's promising further advancements in the months ahead, and you can bet that we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for more.