Google’s hopeless reCaptcha strikes again!

Good grief. The infernal recaptcha is used on the car insurance amendment form of a well known insurer. I had to use this today as it is a lot easier than the phone. SEVEN screens of asking me to click every road sign and every store front, then the form would not finish, simply saying ‘field required’ – all were filled in correctly. No way back so I reloaded and started that part of the form over, another SEVEN screens, this time road signs and busses. Finally I got through. So FOURTEEN of these infuriating Google screens later I got to the end of the form. Actually, phoning would be easier, let’s give up on these web forms, as the use of this maddening junk makes it wholly useless now.

Oh yes and still if I dare click for the audio version it just tells me I have clearly mounted an automated attack and blocks all further requests. Clearing all my cookies sorted that one but the voices are generally unintelligible, so little help there.

More on Google’s reCaptcha

Ok so now this is getting annoying. Chasing these images round a screen and waiting for new ones to slowly fade in has reached the point now that I no longer engage and will email every website that I need information from to tell them they need to provide it some other way that does not require this ridiculous interaction.

To make matters worse, today I clicked the little headphone icon. Immediately a popup appeared whinging that my network is making automated queries (so, two then, and manual) and I can get no further. Switching to 4G got past that and the audio clip did then work, and is actually a whole lot easier than chasing squares.


Does anyone else hate reCAPTCHA? There was a time where it was simply a matter of clicking maybe three squares but now it’s just plain daft. You click an image and another appears, or doesn’t, and it seems to go on forever. Websites that use this stuff need to be careful because where I see there newer type of challenge, like click all squares that had an ant on them last week or something equally daft, I go elsewhere. I even had to email an ISP because I could not get past the infernal challenge.

And it seems to make no sense. Sometimes I click one of the ‘all squares matching’ types to get a completely new set, and clicking at random then lets me past. Why? And now there are grainy photos too. They might as well post moon shots and ask which rock the alien might be under.

Pretty soon all we will be spending time on the web doing is trying to prove we are human!

I doubt many people process web server logs properly these days, all will use Google Analytics. But it would be interesting to see the number of people that get past a reCAPTCHA and find useful information in the target site vs those that give up. Oh wait – Google have this, surely! Ah, of course, checking their marketing literature states clearly that we are all working for Google as they make use of our actions to do their own thing.

Yes I realise that this blog has one too but it’s old school and simple… probably little use these days but comments are all held for moderation anyway.