By Kristine Lee of Eclipse Creative
Catpcha’s have become more and more common to help combat spam. Major sites such as LinkedIn for example, use Captcha when logging in to a user account to help with security. For those of you not familiar with Captcha, it is a distorted image of letters and numbers used to prevent automated use of websites. It is used to verify a form or other log in on a website to prevent computers from spamming the form.
This morning in a meeting, we were discussing the pros and cons of adding a captcha field to a new blog we’re in the process of creating for a client. Aldea, one of our designers, explained where Captcha came from. I thought this was extremely interesting and worthy of sharing on our blog…
By entering the words in the captcha box, you are doing your part to digitize physical texts that were written long before the computer age. The words that you see were taken directly from old text books that were scanned and stored in digital format in order to preserve them and make them more accessible to the world. Since most of the words in these texts are difficult for computers to process, Captcha relies on us, ‘the humans’ to help decipher them. Maybe it’s the geek in me, but I thought this was pretty cool!
What are your thoughts on Captcha? Let us know – but not before unscrambling some odd looking text in our Captcha box below 😉