Moderated Re: hCaptcha Described and Explained

Sieghard Weitzel <sieghard@...>

It seems there are different ways for companies to implement this type of captcha, but you may still have to check a box which says "I'm a Human" or something like, similar to Google's "I'm not a Robot" and in most cases this will do the trick, but with Google Captcha occasionally you still then get asked to do something else, e.g. click on all pictures which have a dog in them which of course is not accessible and in that case with Google Captcha there will then be an audio option. Mostly this will play a piece of speech and you have to type the words you hear into the box and again if it's Google Captcha this is usually easy to understand and do.
I rarely run across visual captchas without an accessible option any more, but of course it all depends on which sites you frequent and whether many of them are maybe a bit older sites where the developer can't be bothered to update his captcha.

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From: <> On Behalf Of Mario
Sent: August 25, 2021 7:33 AM
Subject: Re: hCaptcha Described and Explained

well, I'd guess that it being a service, it will be automatically detected that the site uses HCaptcha. therefore, the visitor won't notice any need to solve it.

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From: Chris Chaffin [mailto:chaffin102468@...]
Subject: hCaptcha Described and Explained
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 9:00 AM
Hi Mike,

After looking at this, HCaptcha is not really a captcha solving program, but rather a acaptcha alternative that companies and other web site creators can use.

Now, it seems that HCaptcha does have accessibility in mind, and has built in a way of making their product easier for those with disabilities. It seems from what I have read, that if you sign up with a private HCaptcha account for people with disabilities, then when you come to one of their captchas, then you will be able to just skip the captcha process for that site. The only problem I see is how do you know when you come to a captcha on a site that it is a HCaptcha? I am sure there is probably a way of telling. That part was just not clear to me.


On Aug 25, 2021, at 8:37 AM, Mike B. <mb69mach1@...> wrote:

Hi All,
Learned about this CAPTCHA solving program and thought some of you might be interested in it. <> How hCaptcha Difficulty Settings Work hCaptcha Apr 3, 2020·2 min read Share Post hCaptcha has several difficulty modes available for publishers to choose. Today we’ll look at what they do, and the tradeoffs of picking each one.
Note: this post refers to options available to standard hCaptcha users. Enterprise users and platform integrators have more options available. Please see
 or contact sales@... <mailto:sales@...> to learn more.
Setting Difficulty per Site(key)
First, let’s navigate to the difficulty slider. You have one per sitekey, and can use sitekeys to target difficulty as needed.
You can use this feature to customize behavior on different sections of your site by simply creating more sitekeys with different settings.
For example, your password reset page might be Always On to reduce abuse, while a form to sign up for a mailing list might be Easy to provide a better user experience.
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The difficulty slider
You can find this in the Sites tab of the dashboard:
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Under Settings for each Sitekey.
How Difficulty Modes Affect Behavior
Choosing this option provides a classic CAPTCHA experience, delivering a standard “easy” challenge for most users, most of the time.
Choosing Easy will filter the captcha types shown, generally showing those that most users can complete in a few seconds.
This option will select more difficult challenge types as necessary to reach a higher confidence in user humanity.
This option will show more difficult challenge types than Easy or Moderate as well.
Always On
This option will never auto-pass, and will show more difficult challenge types similar to the Difficult setting.
How to Choose
In general we suggest that you choose the lowest setting that remains effective at meeting your security goals, as minimizing user frustration is the thing we all want to achieve.
Additional options for Enterprise Users
Enterprise users also have a wide range of additional options, including:
99.9% Passive
This option will auto-pass most low-risk users most of the time, but will start to show challenges in a variety of circumstances depending on your settings.
Please see the enterprise documentation for details.
This option is a pure “No-CAPTCHA” experience: it will never show a visual challenge, but will always return a bot score to you. Please see the enterprise documentation for details.
More info on hCaptcha Enterprise features is available at
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