OR CloudFlare as a service, it offers many features to those who have a website. One of them, for example, is captcha which acts as a firewall. Prevents malicious traffic bots, allows movement by people only as it displays one captcha, if it detects a move that may be malicious or illegal.
The Captcha is a fully automated test that aims to determine if the person making an internet request is a human or a robot (Captcha = Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart). It is usually presented at the end of a request as a verification step. Ideally, captchas are designed so that people can easily pass them while bots respectively will fail.
Surely you have been asked by a website to either fill in a word whose letters are inside an image, or to point out a series of images depicting a bicycle for example etc. These are all different techniques for Captcha.
OR CloudFlare used the reCAPTCHA service of Google (which the Google acquired in 2009). To date, its use reCAPTCHA It was free for the companies that implemented it. THE Google in turn gained something in return, as it used the service to train visual recognition systems. The choice was business-wise, as it was free, and escalated thanks to its vast network of servers. Google and was effective (according to CloudFlare, although from time to time had side effects).
Of course, privacy concerns have been raised since day one, as its clients CloudFlare worried as the service reCAPTCHA it was managed by Google. Furthermore, the CloudFlare noticed that the reCAPTCHA had problems in some areas, such as China, as well as services Google often (or always) have been excluded there.
On the other hand, the Google announced in 2020 that it will start charging for its use reCaptcha. THE CloudFlare began considering other services captcha to find a suitable alternative, as it would be very expensive to continue using her solution Google.
- The company does not sell personal data and collects only minimal.
- The performance was "so good, better than expected".
- Includes solutions for visually impaired and "other users with accessibility problems".
- Supports Privacy Pass.
- The solution works in areas where the Google has been excluded.
- The team hCaptcha "Is agile and responsive".
His business model hCaptcha is similar to that of Google. The company charges customers who need "image classification data". Both companies agreed on a different business model due to its size CloudFlare. THE CloudFlare decided to pay the hCaptcha and push most of its technical load into its own platform to make sure the solution will work properly.
It remains to be seen how well this change will go.