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'Are You A Human' CAPTCHA Game Brings Fun To Web Security

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: Updated: 05/22/2012 12:24 pm

Captcha

If you've signed in to almost any website on the Internet, you've probably encountered a dastardly CAPTCHA. A CAPTCHA is a common security tool that asks you to type the words or letters you see in a box to prove you're a human; those words or letters are usually swirled or mangled, difficult for a computer or bot to make out but hypothetically easy for a human to read.

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A typical CAPTCHA.


I say "hypothetically easy" because these mangled-text CAPTCHAs can often be frustrating, even impossible, to decipher. (There's a Tumblr dedicated solely to so-called "CAPTCHA Fails".) So thank goodness a new company, Are You A Human, has come up with what seems a much more elegant solution: Instead of attempting to decipher some indecipherable text, you are asked to defeat a simple arcade game to prove that you are real.

For example, let's say you're signing up for a hot new social network. Instead of facing an illegible CAPTCHA, imagine a screen that shows you a pizza without toppings, along with pictures of a pepperoni, a mushroom, and an anchovy floating in space. The "Are You A Human" CAPTCHA asks you to select the pepperoni with your mouse and drag it onto the pizza. By dropping the animated toppings onto the virtual pie, you've shown that you're a human. Access granted: You're into the site, no text CAPTCHA necessary.

That is just one of the gameplay modes on Are You A Human's PlayThru CAPTCHA system, which was unveiled in early May and will begin rolling out on the websites of Fathead and Quicken Loans immediately. Webmasters interested in obtaining a PlayThru for their own site can head to Are You A Human's homepage.

You can try one of the PlayThru games below. Next time you sign up for a website, or enter a credit card, or need to confirm your email address, you might be faced with one of these instead of a traditional CAPTCHA. Praise the heavens!

Click "start" in the animation (below) to it out, and let us know what you think in the comments:




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Check out the funniest CAPTCHA fails in the gallery below:
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  • uf**cker

    An unsuspecting man went onto the Coca Cola Website to redeem a prize code, but instead of coming away a winner, he was insulted by the site's unintentionally accusatory security captcha. The randomly generated letters had combined to form 'uf**cker.' <a href="http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2767666/Coke-sorry-for-swear-blunder.html" target="_blank">Coke later issued an apology</a> for this one-in-a-million gaffe.

  • Humping Grandchildren

    Takes 'bouncing on Grandpa's knee' to a whole other level.

  • Flushing Economy

    You know the economy is in the toilets when Facebook's captchas suddenly seem poignant.

  • DRTY NGR

    Really, MySpace? Really?

  • Plump Ho

    Here's an assortment of winners from a mini ebook called '<a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/4964973/Worst-Captchas-of-All-Time" target="_blank">Worst Captchas of All Time</a>.'

  • Aass Atkr

    A word of warning to all MySpace users: Guard your 'aasses.'

  • Rectal Favoring

    Perhaps they were purchasing <a href="http://www.myspace.com/rektalmukus" target="_blank">Rektal Mukus</a> tickets?

  • Coc Ring

    The You Tube Blog keeps it oh-so-classy.

  • Puked In

    Better than being puked <i>on</i>?

  • Mr Lusty

    On, lusty gentlemen!

  • Shot Jews

    Google gets racist. And contrite.

  • Firebombed Airplane

    Facebook gets violent.

  • Rape Now

    So much for Facebook's security updates. Read the full story behind this gem at <a href="http://news.softpedia.com/news/The-Rape-Now-CAPTCHA-Is-Surely-An-Unexpected-Word-Verification-73715.shtml" target="_blank">Softpedia</a>.

  • Nibble Abreast

    Hope you brought your appetite.

  • Fail

  • No Dick

  • whitehouse.gov

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/mightyhead"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/profiles/90555-2-tiny.png?20090423131817" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/mightyhead">mightyhead</a>:<br />that's just not right...

  • to Mortuary

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/shacko"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://external.ak.fbcdn.net/safe_image.php?logo&d=9a2f1c97f464dcd511a393d19c096cec&url=http%3A%2F%2Fprofile.ak.fbcdn.net%2Fhprofile-ak-sf2p%2Fhs310.ash1%2F23256_739329791_1748_q.jpg&v=5" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/shacko">shacko</a>:<br />This was the captcha I got while sending an email to the White House on Healthcare Reform. No Kidding.

  • Bongs

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/SallyCBA"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/SallyCBA">SallyCBA</a>:<br />Imagine my delight when I got the greatest captcha ever while entering an online contest.

  • Or is it too simple?

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/tem2"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/tem2">tem2</a>:<br />Simple English Wikipedia is meant for English learners and children. So is this the simple English way to say "Intellectual Data"?

  • Racist Captcha

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/oproski"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/yahoo_profile_img/993826.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/oproski">oproski</a>:<br />Interesting to say the least...

  • CraigsList is now giving out sex advice.

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/MG2083"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/MG2083">MG2083</a>:<br />Has anything ever been so true?

  • f u 2!

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Teri_Jourdan"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1202584115/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Teri_Jourdan">Teri Jourdan</a>:<br />

  • How did they know???

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Daniel_Aaron_Stimler"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/639307460/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Daniel_Aaron_Stimler">Daniel Aaron Stimler</a>:<br />Who owns Facebook these days anyway? I think Glen Beck needs to follow the money trail!

  • Pay your taxes, sucka!

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Brett_VanBenschoten"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/google_profile_img/1492660.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Brett_VanBenschoten">Brett VanBenschoten</a>:<br />Seems the LA County tax collector has a sense of humor.

  • Sucka!

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Brett_VanBenschoten"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/google_profile_img/1492660.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Brett_VanBenschoten">Brett VanBenschoten</a>:<br />Seems the LA County tax collector has a sense of humor.

  • CAPTCHA fail

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/kcarney11"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/kcarney11">kcarney11</a>:<br />CAPTCHA from craigslist.

  • was stoning?

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jackuuu"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jackuuu">jackuuu</a>:<br />

  • Hebrew?

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Matthew_Bodner"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1253975342/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Matthew_Bodner">Matthew Bodner</a>:<br />

  • Captcha that Virginity

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Gary_J_Seevers"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/525464782/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Gary_J_Seevers">Gary J Seevers</a>:<br />Let me google that for you...

  • well Said!

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Rob_Craig"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/738421082/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Rob_Craig">Rob Craig</a>:<br />Pay-Pal don't think highly of forgetting password

  • niggers raidem

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/tattoovillan"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/tattoovillan">tattoovillan</a>:<br />niggers

  • "Butholing"

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/wyattmarkr"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/wyattmarkr">wyattmarkr</a>:<br />Speaks for itself!


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