There are lots of blogs/discussion boards blasting Google’s recaptcha function to “prove” you are not a robot. Many claim they are a ploy by the evil b*stards at Google to get data for their self-driving car project.
If you REALLY want the service being guarded, this website provides some concrete suggestions although I do not agree with some of them:
Interesting. I hate this feature on web sites but it seems inescapable as many large sites use it for verification.
I don’t know about evil ploy but I always thought it was being used to build a database of some sort. Maybe it is not Google but I thought one of the services used it to build out an OCR-type database of imagery.
^^^ Captchas are randomly generated and distorted, it doesn’t make sense to OCR something that was created to be impossible to OCR.
The VPN advice doesn’t make sense. The only reason I could think of for doing this is that there may be websites that only present the reCAPTCHA if your IP is in the wrong country.
I don’t come across these too often. I also use a cookie manager to whitelist / save certain cookies so I don’t have to logon too often to the sites I visit most. Unfortunately I also use a bunch of other browser extensions that often prevent me from seeing the reCAPTCHA and I end up not being able to logon until I realize what’s happening and disable a bunch of extensions or use another browser profile…
I use PIA VPN (#1 on the linked list) and sometimes get the ReCAPTCHA at google but the last 2 days I can’t even connect to google when connected to NY VPN but the North East one works fine. Google and other sites definitely treat VPN users differently (at least at times).
I seen enough of it to see a pattern. There are some images that you can only click “Next”, that’s for gathering information. I suspect once they get enough consistent response from that image then it can be used for “Verifying” function.