Google has announced the launching of the latest version of reCAPTCHA this week that is capable of detecting abusive traffic without interacting users. The update will be a free service that will protect websites from spams and abuse. For a long time, Google has been promoting its users to confirm whether they are robots every time they use certain websites. However, the reCAPTCHA v3 is a totally new system that will not require internet users’ interaction anymore.
reCAPTCHA v3 is similar to the Invisible reCAPTCHA the company rolled out last year for Android mobile. Unlike the old reCAPTCHA that challenged web users to figure out certain text or images, the new reCAPTCHA v3 will be able to learn a website’s normal traffic and user behavior to know when a website is being spammed. The system simplifies things for internet users since they will no longer have to prove that they are real humans every time they want access to a website.
reCAPTCHA was introduced about 10 years ago, as reCAPTCHA v1, which used to ask users to pass a challenge by reading a distorted text and typing it in a box. Google then upgraded it to reCAPTCHA v2, which used certain signals to determine whether or not a request came from a human or a bot. the coming of reCAPTCHA is bound to change how websites test for humans/bot activities. The latest version uses a technology that is able to return a score to tell how suspicious the activities of an internet user are, without interrupting the user.
In a blog that announced its launching, Google said that reCAPTCHA v3 is able to run adaptive risk analysis in the background to alert webmasters of any suspicious activities in their websites. With the new update comes a new concept called Action, which is basically a tag that developers can use to define the main steps a user takes in a website. The new concept will also enable reCAPTCHA to run its risk analysis in the background.
The best news is that reCAPTCHA v3 API is customizable, offering website users flexible options in preventing spam and abuse in a way that best fits their websites.