New technology significantly improves usability of “reverse Turing test” to prove that Internet users are human (CAPTCHA)
BRISBANE, Australia, Jan. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — With the release of the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game in Australia on January 1st, computational security just got sexy. And the computational security experts at FunCaptcha think it’s about time.
The film stars Keira Knightly and Benedict Cumberbatch, with Cumberbatch as the legendary Alan Turing, who many regard as being the father of modern computing and artificial intelligence. The film explores his tumultuous boarding school years, his controversial post-WW2 life but most importantly – his time during WW2 when he covertly lead a ragtag group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers in breaking the code generated from the infamous Nazi utilized "Enigma" machines. In so doing, Turing and his team effectively ended the war in favor of the Allies, saving countless lives and breaking the back of Hitler’s regime.
The link between FunCaptcha and Turing comes in the form of CAPTCHAs – the much-hated obscure letters and numbers that must be typed out to separate spammers and their "bot" programs from legitimate users. CAPTCHA is an acronym that stands for "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart" and they’ve historically been used to defend websites and online services from hackers and spam by distinguishing genuine human users from malicious bots. But it comes at a cost. This cost, something which FunCaptcha aims to solve, is that the traditional CAPTCHAs are frustrating and difficult to complete, driving away up to 25 percent of potential users.
SwipeAds COO and Founder, Matthew Ford, a former game designer with Atari and Microsoft and Turing expert, said these tests to stop automated systems from accessing registration and comment forms were essential to stop cyber-fraud and help maintain the integrity of on-line transactions, but are extremely frustrating for users.
"Studies show one in four attempts failing a standard CAPTCHA. With more than 300 million tests served up every day, that’s a lot of frustrated people. In trying to stop spam and other kinds of online fraud, our industry kills user conversion. We saw an opportunity to make the Internet even more secure while making the CAPTCHA test easier for genuine human users."
FunCaptcha uses gamified technology that is easy for humans but impractical for bots and automated systems to complete. FunCaptcha CEO and Founder Kevin Gosschalk said the company’s solution is proving to be of value to users and the sites that install it.
"We are serving up more than 30 million FunCaptchas a month with a conversion rate that is more than 20 percent higher than standard tests, which means more online users are doing business with our customers."
Ford sees a creative connection between Alan Turing and FunCaptcha. "Turing put the T into FunCaptcha, and that’s so fitting. Alan Turing had a vast imagination about what computers would eventually become, and his vision is still ahead of our time. I think he’d believe as we do, that the urgent need to distinguish people from machine imitations will remain for centuries, and requires constant innovation."
The Imitation Game opened widely in Australia on January 1st.
About The Imitation Game
During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of ‘gross indecency,‘ an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality – little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany’s World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, The Imitation Game follows a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives.
Produced by The Weinstein Company, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley and with a score composed by Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game releases in the U.S. on November 21st.
FunCaptcha is a new form of the human verification test known as CAPTCHA, the acronym for "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart." CAPTCHAs are those much-hated obscure letters and numbers you must type out to prove you’re a human when signing up to a new website. Over 300 million CAPTCHAs are solved each day – taking over a million hours to execute. FunCaptcha replaces those with a small gamified visual puzzle which takes 5-7 seconds to solve and not only stops the bots, but also greatly improves user conversions by 20.4 percent from the old typed-in kind of CAPTCHA. FunCaptcha is free to install and use, can be customized to match a site’s theme, and can even generate revenue for websites by showing optional ads.