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What Is the “first” in KeyCAPTCHA and Why to Have it Externally, i.e. Out of Control?

While working in keycaptcha.com, I tried, always in vain (i.e. fruitlessly),  to convince  changing its main (as first phrase or the title)  (anti)marketing phrase in many KeyCAPTCHA.com’s marketing articles, including in KeyCAPTCHA.com website “What is KeyCAPTCHA” description:

KeyCAPTCHA is the first free service providing a powerful anti-spam website protection through a new generation interactive CAPTCHA.

to be less self-debunking and more clear.


Warning This KeyCAPTCHA.com Has No Brain Use Your Own! Credit to Sins2ALL.com

ALERT: This KeyCAPTCHA Has No Brain (Starts-Stops Automatically) Use Your Own! Credit to Sins2ALL.com

The word “interactive” is really synonym to “intrusive for a visitor”, in contrast to non-intrusive anti-spam solutions like filtering, honey-traps (honey-pots), etc. Except its anti-marketing (i.e. negative) nature, it does not convey any information since in reality KeyCAPTCHA should have been  more specifically described as “DRAG’N’DROP” and/or “not requiring text typing” (non-Texting?)  instead of vague and generic “interactive”. All visible (presented) to a visitor CAPTCHAs are really interactive in that they require user’s interactions like typing, drag’n’drop-ping, clicking, etc.

The word “free” means in reality, for external service, like KeyCAPTCHA.com, “un-paid by a user”.
KeyCAPTCHA.com external service internals are not free for scrutiny (or reuse) like open sourced products

All known to me anti-spam services are either free of charge or provide free of charge options/versions in parallel to fee-based service.   The latter is in no way different from keycaptcha.com service having both fee-based and free of charge options of its service.

Since it is ridiculous to tout an anti-spam service  as “first free” , let me guess, that it is a simple way to assure that users of KeyCAPTCHA did not read about and do not care what they have installed

The idea of non-texting captcha was researched before KeyCAPTCHA (introduced in 2010)  a lot, for example:

There are dozens open-source projects offering CAPTCHs based on idea of choosing/clicking an image, for example:

as well as DRAG’N’DROP CAPTCHAs, for example:

that, IMO, avoid the main point of vulnerability existing in KeyCAPTCHA – that it is external centralized proprietary service out of control of webresource owner who installs it.

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