The Internet loves kitties
Captchas — those little tests where you have to identify and type some letters and numbers before you can get a password or access to a site — drive me up a wall. I know they are needed to stop spammers, but often I can barely read the letters and when I get them wrong I have to start all over again. Someone has thought of an alternative idea: click three kittens. You’re shown 9 pictures, three of which are kittens. Identify the kittens and you’re good to go! Moreover, it’s harder for a spambot to read a picture than it is to read even a distorted set of letters and numbers.
This isn’t a perfect solution by any means: there are still a number of ways to fool it, and it doesn’t work for those using screen readers. However, it’s a much more enjoyable test than trying to figure out if they captcha says “i89opy” or “7B90py”.
You can see the new system here.