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Offline alanb

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RECAPTCHAs Back Again?
« on: June 04, 2020, 07:56:44 PM »
I logged in today (as per usual) and noticed the login screen had been changed - OK, no problem there.

I was then greeted with a RECAPTCHA to solve.  Has there been a policy change on this forum?

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Re: RECAPTCHAs Back Again?
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2020, 08:02:12 PM »
A helpful addition to try and curb those pesty spammers :)

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Re: RECAPTCHAs Back Again?
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2020, 08:19:15 PM »
I logged in today (as per usual) and noticed the login screen had been changed - OK, no problem there.

I was then greeted with a RECAPTCHA to solve.  Has there been a policy change on this forum?

I haven't experienced it, but then again it is rare that I log out.

I actually had to do a system restart, whilst testing something else (avast Backup and Restore settings, that some have reported failing when trying to restore). 

When I started Firefox and my open Tabs, I had to Login to the forum and I didn't get a Recaptcha.

Are you using some sort of VPN it may think is suspect ?
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Re: RECAPTCHAs Back Again?
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2020, 12:23:19 PM »
A helpful addition to try and curb those pesty spammers :)

@CraigB
I know the reasoning, but I have been a forum member since 2005!  I'm well past my first 3 posts...

@DavidR
No VPN, no proxy, no hardware or software changes that should make any difference.

(And of course I had to solve another one to post this reply  >:( )

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Re: RECAPTCHAs Back Again?
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2020, 12:43:33 PM »
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No VPN, no proxy, no hardware or software changes that should make any difference.

(And of course I had to solve another one to post this reply  >:( )

Very strange, I can't see anything related to your forum use that might/could trigger this.  In your info to the left of your post has that said 'Poster' for a while, seems strange for that post count ?

Do you actually log out when you leave the forum   or clear cookies, etc. ?

All I can suggest at present is do another quick reply, which will probably result in your third (and hopefully last) recaptcha interrogation.
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Re: RECAPTCHAs Back Again?
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2020, 12:57:08 PM »
Hi Alan, did you try the "Keep me signed in" option..!?
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Re: RECAPTCHAs Back Again?
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2020, 01:55:29 PM »
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@DavidR
No VPN, no proxy, no hardware or software changes that should make any difference.

(And of course I had to solve another one to post this reply  >:( )

Very strange, I can't see anything related to your forum use that might/could trigger this.  In your info to the left of your post has that said 'Poster' for a while, seems strange for that post count ?

Do you actually log out when you leave the forum   or clear cookies, etc. ?

All I can suggest at present is do another quick reply, which will probably result in your third (and hopefully last) recaptcha interrogation.

Dave
Dunno how long it has said 'Poster' - I don't really take any notice.

I do (and always have) cleared cookies.

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Re: RECAPTCHAs Back Again?
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2020, 01:58:44 PM »
Hi Alan, did you try the "Keep me signed in" option..!?

Hi Asyn.

Yup.  Tried the "Keep me signed in" option.

I have just completed my ninth login - all with RECAPTCHAs :(

I've had enough now.  Shame after 15 years  >:(

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Re: RECAPTCHAs Back Again?
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2020, 02:15:43 PM »
I understand your anger, but I couldn't reproduce it here. :-\
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Re: RECAPTCHAs Back Again?
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2020, 03:29:44 PM »
Hi Alan, did you try the "Keep me signed in" option..!?

Hi Asyn.

Yup.  Tried the "Keep me signed in" option.

I have just completed my ninth login - all with RECAPTCHAs :(

I've had enough now.  Shame after 15 years  >:(

I don't use the Keep me signed in option either and this isn't an issue for me.  If I restarted the browser and I have my tabs restored, I sign in if required (using my Firefox saved logons) and login.  No Recaptcha. 

I did experience this when I logged on once at an another site and that was only the Yes I'm a human check box.  So I just wonder if something is considered suspect with your connection (which was why I mentioned the VPN question).

What is really strange is why this also goes beyond the forum anti-spam measure of the first 3 posts and the fact that your forum stats recognises your post count and aren't in the newbie category.  I can only think that this is something above and beyond the usual forum anti-spam measure.  What that might be is beyond me.
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Re: RECAPTCHAs Back Again?
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2020, 03:44:08 PM »
I've had the recaptcha appear twice so far, once yesterday and once today.

I only had to click on a few photos (traffic lights) which couldn't be much simpler.

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Re: RECAPTCHAs Back Again?
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2020, 04:07:28 PM »
Hi guys, meanwhile I tested it to the limit...

With and without:
- Cookies deletion
- "Keep me signed in" option
- VPN connection

...but still can't reproduce it here.

So, no idea why some get it and others don't. ???
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Re: RECAPTCHAs Back Again?
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2020, 04:13:14 PM »
I only had to click on a few photos (traffic lights) which couldn't be much simpler.

Well aren't you the lucky one!

On all 12 occasions I've logged in I have had to solve a minimum of 7 torture sessions "puzzles".

EDIT: Thanks for your efforts, Asyn.  For the moment I've worked around it by whitelisting all Avast cookies.

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Re: RECAPTCHAs Back Again?
« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2020, 07:39:01 PM »
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On all 12 occasions I've logged in I have had to solve a minimum of 7 torture sessions "puzzles".

EDIT: Thanks for your efforts, Asyn.  For the moment I've worked around it by whitelisting all Avast cookies.

That's strange also as I have made no provisions to 'whitelist' avast cookies in Firefox.  I have uMatrix and uBlock Origin, Disconnect and Privacy Badger add-ons with no issue. 

I also used to have Cookie Monster, but that isn't compatible with the latest versions of Firefox.  I did use CookieMaster as a replacement for Cookie Monster, but that proved to be  more trouble than it was worth, so it sits disabled.
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Re: RECAPTCHAs Back Again?
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2020, 09:51:58 PM »
OK I have been checking again after I did a system restart.

When I opened up my fixed tab for the forums I got the logon screen as I expected, at the bottom of that screen is the small Recaptcha icon. 

However I didn't require any further interrogation I was able to click the Continue button as my firefox password manager had filled the fields.  So it isn't the forum anti-spam measures that hitting you but the integration of the Google Recaptcha and the forum logon URL, I think.  Why is the $64,000 dollar question.
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