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    Spammers crack Captcha
    Seems really nothing is safe from the spammers anymore. This article on Ars Technica highlights how quickly bots are now able to crack captcha:

    http://tinyurl.com/3lr75y

    Kinda leads one to think that the efforts we use to protect our email addresses on forums. ie. myname [at] anydomain [dot] com can be pretty easily deciphered as well.
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    That is amazing. I personally have trouble interpreting captchas all the time. They were getting way too complicated.

    Something I signed up for awhile back sent my validation pin to my cell phone. I wonder how viable that is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveAMWSO
    Seems really nothing is safe from the spammers anymore. This article on Ars Technica highlights how quickly bots are now able to crack captcha:

    http://tinyurl.com/3lr75y

    Kinda leads one to think that the efforts we use to protect our email addresses on forums. ie. myname [at] anydomain [dot] com can be pretty easily deciphered as well.
    This is why I think something like http://recaptcha.net will catch on more. They use scanned (and then distorted) text from books that OCR cannot read, and when a word has been solved the same way a number of times, it becomes readable to reCAPTCHA's system, and is used as the check word. I doubt this method will be able to be cracked, and if it is, I'm sure the team developing that will gladly buy the method from the hackers in order to digitize their books more efficiently .

    As for encrypting your email, you can use some novel methods (such as myname[delete-before-sending]@domain.com, and change it up often, or use images.

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    6 seconds to crack a captcha. That is crazy!!!
    Looks like spammers are getting ahead.

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    Something I signed up for awhile back sent my validation pin to my cell phone. I wonder how viable that is.
    I would NOT want to have to pay a 10c txt fee just to get a PIN. When I upgraded my phone, Sprint stuck me with confirming it that way, and I wasn't happy about it.

    And no I wouldn't add texting to my cell account (for $5/mo). I only get about 3 txts a year, and usually I erase 'em unread because they've all been ads/spam (except for the above confirmation). I sure don't want to have to pay, either 10c/msg or $60/yr, just to get signup confirmations.
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    Yuck. The amount of spam I'm getting is getting worse and worse by the day; around 100 message per day which amounts to good few minutes deleting all the cr#p.
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    Totally agree with Leader. I don't pay for text messaging, and I don't want to rack up per-message fees. I'm also not keen on sharing my cell number with just anyone, and will usually put 555-555-5555 in for the phone number when registering at sites, unless I absolutely need to put in my real number.

    I get enough spam in my email, I don't need it on my cell phone.

    (actually, I don't get enough in my email, but that's only because of my spam book project - but otherwise...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by James - AMWSO
    Yuck. The amount of spam I'm getting is getting worse and worse by the day; around 100 message per day which amounts to good few minutes deleting all the cr#p.
    Do you have any spam filtering in place? Having spam filtered and tagged as spam (to funnel it into a single junk mail folder) eliminates most time spent dealing with spam, as it's quick to scroll through a junk mail folder every few days to see if anything legit is there.

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    [qoute]Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart (CAPTCHA)[/qoute]

    Makes you think if they came up with CAPTCHA first and then thought of the words after lol.

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