Google asks: Will you solve my valentine?

Summary:Love, flowers, sweet, valentine: these are some of the words you'll have to enter today when a site presents you with a reCAPTCHA.

reCAPTCHA, a CAPTCHA service from Google, is serving up Valentines Day-themed CAPTCHAs today.

recaptcha.valentine

As you see in the example nearby, the text in the CAPTCHA is undistorted and easy to read. This is because reCAPTCHA has recently deployed new techniques that make CAPTCHAs easier for humans and harder for robots.

At the same time they have relaxed the distortions in their audio CAPTCHAs.

Make sure also to check out Google's Valentine's Day doodle with true stories of love from National Public Radio's show This American Life (click on the hearts).

valentine.doodle

Topics: Security, Google

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Larry Seltzer has long been a recognized expert in technology, with a focus on mobile technology and security in recent years. He was most recently Editorial Director of BYTE, Dark Reading and Network Computing at UBM Tech. Prior to that he spent over a decade consulting and writing on technology subjects, primarily in the area of sec... Full Bio

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