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Are You a Robot?

Have you ever been on a website or filling out an online form when it asks you to input re-key a display of distorted letters or check a box to “verify you are not a robot”? This is called a Captcha, which means Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart.

It is a way for an online form to discourage hackers and bots from spamming your form. Their systems aren’t usually able to decipher the distorted letters.

I’m seeing on the Google Forms I’ve worked on for various staff there’s a Captcha that asks you to show how many of a particular object in 9 squares. In the example below, check all those that have a car in the box. So if you ever see this on your Google form for inside or outside of work, just know that it is for the form owner to protect itself from spam.

It can be a pain for you to decipher the objects in the blocks, especially those with sight disabilities but it is there to help so don’t be alarmed if you see these pop up.

Sonja Fuchs, Web Technology Specialist, 701-231-6403

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