You know those human verification challenges that pop up when you try to buy a ticket on Ticketmaster or complete some sort of online registration form? The ones that show you the image of scrambled text and you have to decipher the secret code in order to continue. They are all over the web, and they can be seriously annoying.
Sometimes, the code is impossible to figure out because the image is too blurred. Sometimes, the challenge includes a character that doesn’t even exist on your keyboard! They often take multiple attempts and it’s been said that these challenges can deter users from completing the forms, not to mention that it does not always keep hackers out. According to Minteye, the current CAPTCHA technology only has a 76% solve rate and a 1/3 hack rate.
Minteye’s goal is to create a better, more user-friendly way to detect whether or not you’re a human. You are a human, right? Either way, it looks like there could be a better solution out there. Minteye’s “no-type” solution is rather inventive; using a twisted image and a slide bar, the user only needs to slide the bar until the image straightens out. Minteye claims that this method has a 94% solve rate. Whether or not this will deter hackers has yet to be determined.
Take a look at this example:
Not only is this method an improvement for use while web surfing with a mouse on PCs and laptops, it also brings an improved mobile experience. It is much easier to slide your finger across a touchscreen than solving a CAPTCHA on a mobile phone’s keyboard. Additionally, the image used to solve the challenge can be sponsored, bringing extra revenue to the site using the new technology. Every time a user completes the image verification, your site generates revenue. In order to complete your registration, you need to straighten out a picture of an iPhone, for instance. Pretty sneaky advertising.
Here’s hoping that more websites start to introduce Minteye’s new solution to their forms; I know I’m rooting for it.
Via The Next Web