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CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart)

Bypassing CAPTCHA

Users who prefer not to solve CAPTCHAs can use any of several browser add-ons that allow users to bypass CAPTCHAs. Popular browser add-ons include AntiCapture, CAPTCHA Be Gone and Rumola.

The AntiCaptcha automatic CAPTCHA solver plug-in for Chrome and Firefox automatically finds a CAPTCHA on a webpage and solves it for the user. This extension is promoted as being helpful for users with vision impairments, as well as for users who prefer to bypass CAPTCHA codes. As of this writing, the cost of the service starts at $0.70 for 1,000 CAPTCHA images.

The CAPTCHA Be Gone extension detects CAPTCHAs on webpages, solves them and copies the result to a user’s clipboard. At this time, the utility is available for Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer for a $3.50 per month subscription fee.

The Rumola add-on for Firefox, Chrome and Safari automatically searches for CAPTCHAs on the webpages a user visits. Currently, the cost is either $0.95 for 50 CAPTCHA solutions or $1.95 for 150 solutions. There is also a JavaScript bookmarklet that can be used for devices that connect to the internet.

Because CAPTCHA bypass add-ons are created by third parties, end users should be aware that the browser extension could expose their browsing activity to untrusted sources. Another reason not to use CAPTCHA bypasses is that the performance of the extensions is inconsistent. This is primarily because as bots get smarter, CAPTCHAs are also evolving and it can be difficult for the add-on programs to keep up.

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