The CAPTCHA, short for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”, serves a useful purpose – minimizing, or eliminating, one of the scourges of the Internet; the comment spammer. I can speak to how disruptive comment spam can become since, on a daily basis, I have to deal with 300 – 400 comment spams on this site. It’s infuriating, frankly.
I’ve often though of implementing a CAPTCHA scheme here – but then, I come to my senses. I hate CAPTCHAs and, I do everything I can to avoid sites that use them. I’m just no good at trying to work out a “u” from “v” – an “rn” from an “m”. I could go on but, you see the point, I expect.
I’m hardly alone in this, and as an alternative, many sites off an audio CAPTCHA. You’d think that this would solve the problem for people like me – but no. Generally, I have absolutely no idea what’s been read back. The end result? I’m out of there.
Visual CAPTCHA samples.
Graphic – Wikipedia.
So, is there a solution for people like me who have a low solve percentage? (in my case approaching zero ) As it turns out – there is.
Captcha Monster – “an easy-to-use, innovative Firefox add-on that completes CAPTCHA tests without you even asking it to. The add-on was designed with people who suffer from dyslexia and/or sight problems in mind, but also extends to those who are just plain fed up of having to prove they are not a site-hacking machine.”
Captcha Monster – screen shots from the developer’s site. Click to expand.
Captcha Monster can work for you in different modes.
Set it to its highest level if you want it to routinely weed out CAPTCHA tests.
Run only when you are filling out forms or simply request it as you need it.
With an average solving time of 8.5 seconds, quite often the CAPTCHA window will be completed before you even see it.
98,94% success rate.
Works with virtually any CAPTCHA.
Unlike many Firefox add-ons however – Captcha Monster is not a free service. Instead, the developer offers a number of monthly plans – as follows.
Basic plan – 60 CAPTCHAs a month @ $2.99 monthly.
Extended plan – 120 CAPTCHAs a month @ $4.99 monthly.
Professional plan – 760 CAPTCHAs a month @ $9.99 monthly.
System requirements: Firefox.
Download: You may download a 30 day trial version at the developer’s site: Captcha Monster.
You can checkout the FAQ page here.
A big shout to Mateusz M. for taking time to turn me on to this service.