Today’s tech news: Google releases reCAPTCHA v3 that detects bad traffic

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Google launched an updated version to its reCAPTCHA technology. That the company has offering since 2007 to fight off bots on the World Wide Web.

The good news is that the new version does not require any user interaction. The reCAPTCHA v1 when everyone was trying to decipher in garbled text. And for the v2 when everyone was getting annoyed at clicking on endless image streams of store fronts, roads and cars for up to 2-3 minutes. In the reCAPTCHA v3 will have a secret new Google proprietary technology to learn a website’s normal traffic and user behavior.

Google says that by observing how regular users visited the website and acting on its sections. It would be able to detect abnormalities and detect bots or undesirable actions.

Visitors will assigned risk scores based on their source or the action they want to take on a site. Scores will go from 0.1 (bad) to 1 (good). Site owners can decide how their website reacts based on the risk score.

The process that website can do this is by adding a new “action” tag to the pages or page sections they want to protect. These “action” tags, in correlation with risk scores. And enable Google to take automated actions, when possible, such as requiring the user/bot to go through a phone verification to validate his identity before being allowed on a page or approving an action.

Google also says these “action” tags can also  used with a local site’s internal data, which are profile or transaction histories, as an alternative user validation system.

The entire system very difficult compared to reCAPTCHA v2. But website admins had a long time to test out the kinks thanks to a beta period that started last May.

The benefit of reCAPTCHA v3 is that website owners can now control and decide how their website reacts to bots and bad traffic. And not let Google take these decisions for them, as it was the common with v1 and v2. reCAPTCHA v3 will available after this week, and users can find out more on its official website.