In this article, we are going to work on understanding CAPTCHA and focus on how to avoid it.  Coined in 2000 by Luis von Ahn, Manuel Blum, Nicholas Hopper and John Langford of Carnegie Mellon University CAPTCHA stands for Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart (with thanks to Dmitry Andrejev).  It sounds like a mouthful, I know, but don't worry we are going to review it and it'll be quite easy to follow.

We have all come across Captcha at some point in our lives.  It may have been when you were looking to purchase Tickets to a Sporting Event or maybe your Favorite Musical Artist/Group has a concert.  You may have come across it while joining different Interest Groups or Forums, but what is it ?

What is CAPTCHA

CAPTCHA is a program protecting websites or other applications against computer bots by generating and grading tests humans can pass, but current computer programs cannot.  While computer programs cannot discern between distorted text today, we as humans can.  This makes CAPTCHA a necessary evil to help websites avoid additional spam and bots.

While this is convenient for websites that want to protect their sites, it can be a nuisance for those of us using Kodi. The following will show how easy it is to disable these Captcha links a.k.a. Openload or Pair.me in Wolfpack, Elysium, Neptune Rising and Bob Unleashed.

Kodi and CAPTCHA

WOLFPACK

 

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The above photo is of the Kodi Add-on Woldpack.

  • Open the selected Add-on and go to Settings and then select Tools.
  • Select Playback.
  • Scroll down to “Hosters with captchas” as shown in the photo above.
  • Click anywhere in the highlighted area and the Orange Dot will be blank, indicating it is disabled.
  • Click on OK to exit, this will ensure all changes made will be Set. If you forget, you will have to start this process over again.

 

ELYSIUM

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NEPTUNE RISING

captcha As you can see, other than the name of the Add-on, everything looks the same !  Repeat the steps taken for Kodi Add-on examples of Wolfpack, Neptune and Elysium.  

BOB UNLEASHED

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There are a few exceptions to the rule such as the Add-on BoB Unleashed. This add-on specifically names the links that use Captcha. So to disable the option, you must click on each link as shown above.

In conclusion

The reason websites have CAPTCHA is spam!  But let’s not to forget that the only reason we see CAPTCHAs is because of enormous amount of spam these days.  So, next time you run up against one of those images and get a little frustrated trying to tell a Q from an O, just remember not to vent your frustration at the website.  Focus it on the spammers, because they are the reason we have to stare at your screen almost every time we want to register at a new website.

Please feel free to join us in the Forum if you have any further questions http://ares-project.uk.