Google has launched an update to its reCAPTCHA technology that the company has been offering since 2007 to fight off bots on the world wide web.
reCAPTCHA v3 works without user interaction, it gives incoming site visitors a risk score and lets webmasters take custom actions based on this score.
Over the years this technology was very helpful for sites but it was also most of the time hated by the users.
The good news regarding the v3 is that the new system does not require any user interaction anymore. The days of reCAPTCHA v1 when everyone was trying to decipher in a garbled text are no more, and gone are the days of v2 when everyone was getting annoyed at clicking on endless image streams of “storefronts,” “roads,” and “cars” for up to 2-3 minutes.
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reCAPTCHA v3 will use a secret new AI Google technology to learn a website’s normal traffic and user behavior.
This AI will give incoming visitors “risk scores” based on their source or the action they want to take on a site. Scores will go from 0.1 (bad) to 1 (good) so site owners can use it to add a new “action” tag to the pages or page sections they want to protect. Google says these “action” tags can also be used with a local site’s internal data, such as profile or transaction histories, as an alternative user validation system.
Compared to reCAPTCHA v2, v3 is very complex, but now website owners have had a long time to test out the kinks thanks to a beta period that started last May.
The biggest benefit here is the website owners can now control and decide how their website reacts to bots and bad traffic, and not let Google take these decisions for them, as it was v1 and v2.
reCAPTCHA v3 will be generally available later this week.
We would continue to monitor this cybersecurity problem. Meanwhile, users should keep a keen eye out for any cyber attacks. Remember to use an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac in every device that you own, depending on which OS your machine is running, If you are a company we recommend to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network, tests like this include: penetration testing and ethical hacking.