Cloudflare Says CAPTCHA Tests Are Costing Us “ 500 Years A Day ”
Cloudflare is leading a new experiment to reshape and transform Internet ID testing.
Cloudflare says that CAPTCHA testing, the internet security hardening tool is a waste of time and should be thrown out as soon as possible.
According to Cloudflare’s calculation using their formula, it has been found that humanity is wasting around 500 years a day on not-so-effective CAPTCHA tests, hurting overall productivity.
All internet users should be familiar with the test, when you plan to see the submission page after your long completed application what you see is more of a collage of images and a question at the bottom, and a checkbox to check if you are not a robot.
It is somewhat boring because it is no less than common in the daily life of a surfer. According to the blog posted on Cloudflare’s website, research engineer Thibault Meunier performed a calculation based on his data suggesting that an average user takes 32 seconds to complete a CAPTCHA test.
There are approximately 4.6 billion internet users in the world and assuming that an average user sees a test every 10 days while surfing the web, it is 500 unproductive years a day of trying to prove that We are not Robots.
The test is less efficient in terms of efficiency and ignores a number of variables explaining the correct answer. These variables include culture and accessibility issues, and not everyone knows what a fire hydrant is.
Many Internet users are visually impaired, and in a world where technology helps them with practical tools, CAPTCHA seems to be doing the opposite. Overall, this makes it a less effective tool for boosting web security. The web test was developed in 1997 and got its current name in 2003 “Fully Automated Public Turing Test for Computers and Humans Apart.”
The unnecessary CAPTCHA test, as Cloudfare believes, not only harms productivity, but also consumes battery and internet data. This is why Cloudfare is conducting an experiment to “end the madness”.
“The idea is quite simple: a real human should be able to touch or look at their device to prove they are human, without revealing their identity,” Meunier wrote. Adding, he said, “We want you to be able to prove that you are human without revealing what human you are!” You may ask if this is even possible? And the answer is yes.”