CAPTCHA Verification

CAPTCHA Verification

An acronym for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart,” CAPTCHA is a response test that allows sites distinguish between human and computer users. The tests include a series of letters and numbers that are partially distorted or modified. The human user is then prompted to copy this series of characters in another text box. The response is graded based on the user’s ability to distinguish the characters that CAPTCHA has generated, and if the user’s response is deemed accurate enough, they are permitted to continue to the next page.

CAPTCHA provides companies with:

  • Spam protection
  • Accessibility
  • Accurate user statistics

Spam Protection
The purpose behind adding CAPTCHA Verification to your webpage is to add another level of security from potential “bot” spammers posting unauthorized information, or taking private customer information. Because most CAPTCHA Verifications are complex and difficult for a computer to read, this feature can be crucial for customer protection.

Accessibility
Because CAPTCHA Verifications are meant to be used by humans, it’s important that the tests are user friendly and easy for people to respond to. Typically, CAPTCHAs are visual tests that rely on the user’s ability to read the characters, but occasionally this isn’t possible. CAPTCHAs can be customized with features allowing users to request a new CAPTCHA test. It also gives sites the option to administer an audio test, which enables users who are blind to respond to the CAPTCHA test.

Accurate User Statistics
CAPTCHA Verification can prohibit bot spammers from creating fake accounts and ultimately misrepresenting the number of active account holders on the site.

Gorilla successfully implemented CAPTCHA Verification on the Shop Wonder account registration page using the Magento e-commerce platform.