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This article was published on November 20, 2012

    Are you a human? CAPTCHA alternative brings themed games and translations to its online authentication tool

    Are you a human? CAPTCHA alternative brings themed games and translations to its online authentication tool
    Andrii Degeler
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    Andrii Degeler

    Andrii Degeler is the community growth manager at Rockstart and a technology journalist with a particular interest in companies based in Cen Andrii Degeler is the community growth manager at Rockstart and a technology journalist with a particular interest in companies based in Central and Eastern Europe. He also runs a CEE-focused weekly tech newsletter, ProCEEd.

    Detroit-based Are You A Human has introduced new customization options for its game-based alternative CAPTCHA PlayThru, adding themed games and translations to some European languages.

    Back in the early 2000s, the text-based CAPTCHA was a brilliant idea, which not only saved mankind from tons of spam, but also spurred the development of image processing tools that would allow to overcome this type of defense. Later on, when CAPTCHAs grew barely readable for both bots and humans, alternative solutions started to appear, with images, videos, and simple games.

    Are You A Human’s game-based CAPTCHA solution PlayThru, first announced back in May, has received an update with a higher level of customization. In the simple games provided by PlayThru users mostly have to drag-and-drop appropriate dynamic objects like pizza toppings or sports equipment to where they belong.

    Customers paying $19 a month can now “select from different sets of themed games, adjust the strictness of the games’ scoring algorithms, and display translations for Spanish, French and German users,” the company said in its press release.

    PlayThru can be integrated into WordPress, Drupal, PHPBB and vBulletin, as well as libraries for all popular code formats.

    Are You A Human was founded in 2009 and secured a $750,000 Series A round led by Detroit Venture Partners in July 2011.

    Image credit: Jaymis / Flickr.