How to Read a CAPTCHA

by Contributor

A CAPTCHA, or Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart, is used by websites to prevent automated computer scripts from making frivolous communications. That way, only humans can access the website. In an effort to stay ahead of technology, CAPTCHAs have become more complex and frustrating. Here are some tips on how to read a CAPTCHA.

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Recognize that CAPTCHAs are a test to determine whether a user is a computer or human. Knowing that a CAPTCHA is not there to tease you but is designed to protect you will help you stay in a calmer frame of mind as you try to read a CAPTCHA.

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When you are trying to read a CAPTCHA, keep in mind that there are different types. Are the words swirling? Is there a line through the words? Are the words crowded together? Once you determine the type of CAPTCHA you're looking at, it becomes easier to make out the numbers and letters.

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If you are still having difficulty, refresh your view of the CAPTCHA or type what you think is correct. If it is not correct, you will be given a new CAPTCHA which hopefully will be easier than the previous one.

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If you still cannot understand the CAPTCHA, check to see if there is an audio link that will supply the CAPTCHA code.

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If you remain unsuccessful after repeated attempts to read a CAPTCHA, call or email the company for support.

Tip

  • check Make sure you are wearing your contacts or eye glasses to help see the image better.