The Death By CAPTCHA API is one of three CAPTCHA beating APIs posted to our index in just the last week. After taking a look at them I can say that they are just as seedy and sketchy as you would imagine. Even so, I don’t see these services going away anytime soon. The existence of super cheap CAPTCHA beating systems begs the question, how effective is the visual CAPTCHA today?
Let’s take a look at a few examples. The enticingly named Death By CAPTCHA service promotes it’s super low price of $1.39 for 1000 solved CAPTCHAs. Pretty reasonable, and it wastes no time in suggesting to potential API users how they might employ third world workers to create spam bots, saying “if you don’t have the required programming skills to extract, store and send us the CAPTCHA, we recommend you to hire an overseas freelance programmer to help you in this task.”
Antigate, sets the cost of doing business at a premium, coming in at a $7.00 per 1,000 solved CAPTCHA price point. The good news for socially minded API consumers is that this API is all human powered. Actually I guess that point is a little murky isn’t it? It is better or worse to be employing humans in such a task? Leave your opinion in the comments!
I’ve saved the best for last, because it’s Bypass CAPTCHA who stands out from this crowd. This service displays a bit of business acumen by promoting an API business strategy for profit sharing with partners. That’s forward thinking even among today’s leading technology companies and I have to give credit where it is due. Sure, the delivery of this proposal could be a bit more polished, but this is a spam bot service afterall. In their own words, “I can understand that it is not easy these days to sell more copies of your softwares and earn more cashes.”
The best news yet, is that there’s a service called Are You A Human? which offers a great alternative to image CAPTCHAs. With their “play thru” technology, users are presented with simple games to play to demonstrate their humanity. And thus the CAPTCHA turing test arms race continues.
There are at least 15 different CAPTCHA APIs in our index. Why not hook up a CAPTCHA creation service to one of the decoding services and have a little fun?