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new Beta Testing (#008-1216) for ASR : Invisible reCaptcha

source: Beta Tests @ ASR

The ASR Team takes it seriously with IT security (backupping, Firewall), data protection & privacy (SSL, secure login). The ASR website counts annually ~44,000 illegal login/malicious registration attempts (~ 120 per day).

For our >475 ASR members (registerer Go players) it can feel annoying we have to demand to overstep some technical hurdles (e.g. manual proof of new registrations, recaptcha login) to keep the ASR league system safely.

Since we took it on the to-do list in December 2016 we have started this week to move into the direction for easy login on ASR’s website by testing Google’s brand new “invisible reCapcha“.


Ticking the “I’m not a robot” checkbox on an internet form may soon become a thing of the past. Google has officially announced its Invisible reCAPTCHA service, which is able to differentiate humans from bots without additional input from the website user.

This is an improvement over CAPTCHAs and reCAPTCHAs of the past, since it offers greater ease of use to valid users. According to Google, the new technology uses machine learning and an improved risk analysis engine to analyze web browsing behavior. The user will only need to solve a CAPTCHA if their browsing patterns are in some way suspicious.

CAPTCHAs and reCAPTCHAs are important to web developers because they help prevent malicious bots from attacking websites. Without this form of security, sites are subject to spam and other forms of exploitation.

CAPTCHAs also do a service for Google as well – every time a CAPTCHA is solved, it enhances Google’s machine learning database by digitizing and transcribing images and text. Google applies this information to its efforts transcribing books and improving maps. (Source: Google)

ASR’s own Beta Tests

Invisible reCaptcha for WordPress has options to enable protection on the WordPress login, registration, comments, and forgot password forms. It is compatible with WooCommerce for protecting the login, registration, product review, lost password, and reset password forms. The plugin also works with Contact Form 7 to protect form submission.

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On the frontend hopefully the ASR members + website visitors will see soon the “Protected by reCAPTCHA” sticky badge  on the right side of the viewport that slides out on hover if the beta test is going well, internally. The brand new WP plugin offers an option to display it inline and to add custom CSS in context of the form (e.g. contact page, login page).

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