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Keeping Me Out of Where I Should Be

 
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jabailo



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:56 am    Post subject: Keeping Me Out of Where I Should Be Reply with quote

Is it me, or have those "confirmation codes" when trying to post to a forum or news site been getting harder and harder to read?

There are some where I have to get 4 or 5 retries before I enter it correctly! Is that a zero or the letter O? Is that the tail of a Q ... mmm... well it kind of overlaps into the top of a 4 -- if that is a four, assuming they use the closed top four instead of the open "forked" four...some of them use colors that make it look more like a Moire pattern than some text.

Now, my uncorrected vision is 20/1000 but I wear contacts. And I always score perfectly in the color and perception tests, so I don't think it's me!

I mean security is one thing, but perhaps the Internet is becoming more like an LA neighborhood with gates on the doors and five locks.

Secure? Yes.

Pleasant? No.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:18 pm    Post subject: can machines really read those? Reply with quote

I'm not sure why they make them so tough - I have a failure rate in general of about 20%.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have trouble with these too. Lately, I've noticed that
these are "time-sensitive". That is, one only has a limited time,
30 seconds maybe, to fill in the answer and click.

this caused me a few problems, because I sometimes use
many browser tabs, and only come back to that page later.
I was wondering why this restriction would be there, and
then I read what is probably the reason why.

Hackers take the images, feed them to users trying to access
other sites (corn), and let them provide the answer, which can
then be fed back to the original site.

Next time you fill in the answer to one of these image recognition
puzzles, you might be helping someone's bot break into a
totally different site. Tricksy.

-Brian
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:28 am    Post subject: timing out on pages Reply with quote

A somewhat recent discovery of mine for dealing with pages that time out is a firefox plugin called lazarus. You can right-click any field and re-fill an entire form with what you had entered up to that point.

I use it a lot now, and it's also useful for places where you have to fill out a form at a site and the new form you're submitting is similar in content. you just resurrect everything you entered last time, make a few changes, and submit.

It won't help with the captchas, and a few forms that randomize the field names for security it won't work on at all, but most of the time it comes to the rescue when you need it to.
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