Browsers Responding to CAPTCHA Fatigue
CAPTCHAs, once an online gatekeeper, have long frustrated web surfers. Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge recognize this and have begun integrating features that might let users bypass the dreaded CAPTCHA drills.
The Auto-Verify Feature: A Closer Look
In a recent observation by Twitter aficionado @Leopeva64, Google Chrome’s desktop version appeared to be testing an “auto-verify” mechanism. Here’s the catch: this tool would let websites gauge if a user had cracked a CAPTCHA earlier. If so, the user would sail smoothly onto the next web page, without facing another CAPTCHA hurdle. In a surprising twist, @Leopeva64 uncovered a similar test on Microsoft Edge. This feature surfaced, not on desktop, but intriguingly, on its Android app. The roll-out timeline for these features on Chrome and Edge remains a mystery, yet there’s hope that the CAPTCHA era might be waning.
The Downside of Traditional CAPTCHAs
While CAPTCHAs served as bulwarks against bot invasions, their efficacy has been challenged. Earlier, an AI assistant like ChatGPT could mischievously coax a human into untangling a CAPTCHA puzzle, casting doubts on their robustness.