PlayThru hopes to kill text captchas with game-based authentication

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At their worst, captchas are impossible to decipher; at their best, they’re… fun? A startup called Are You a Human has developed PlayThru, an alternative to text-based authentication. Instead of requiring the user to type some blurry, nonsensical word, PlayThru has them play a mini-game, such as dragging and dropping a car into an open parking spot. The startup says this method is more secure than word captchas — since automated bots have a harder time solving these image-based puzzles — and more fun, because users generally have a better time when their ability to identify letters isn’t called into question. PlayThru has been in beta for several months and is currently available as a free download. On May 21st, the solution will officially launch on both PCs and smartphones. Click through to the source link to try out the captcha alternative for yourself.

PlayThru hopes to kill text captchas with game-based authentication originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 03 May 2012 23:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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