Captchas Survey: Users Prefer Checkbox Method

Google is doing away with its use of Captchas, or blurry text fields, to distinguish human users from robots. The search giant has found that captchas no longer deter robots like they used to. So now it is using a new strategy instead. But what do users think about captchas? And might they be more in favor of a newer method?



In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 66% of respondents said they often have to fill out captchas on websites. 21% said they sometimes fill out captchas. 3% rarely have to complete captchas on the sites they use. And 10% said they never do.

User Opinions

Of those who have completed captchas, 78% agree that they are annoying. However, 43% think they are pretty easy to use. But the whole point of captchas is/was to keep sites more secure. And just 37% said that they feel more secure on websites that employ captchas.

New Methods

Looking forward, Google has begun using a simple checkbox method in place of captchas. Visitors can simply check a box to state that they are a human and not a robot. And 64% of respondents said that they prefer this new method to using captchas. Just 21% said they prefer captchas. 13% have no preference. And just 3% said they would rather not use either method and just visit sites that are not secure.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

Photo Credit: Random Facebook security captcha from Flickr

What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on December 4 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.