iOS 16 – Apple just solved the most annoying thing about the internet


Apple’s iOS 16 is about to fix one of the internet’s most annoying things with a new feature coming to iPhones very soon.

Ask anyone what the most annoying thing about the internet is. Chances are many of them will say that it’s those little boxes that require you to figure out how many boxes have trucks or crosswalks in them – CAPTCHA. For Apple users, those irritating boxes may soon be a thing of the past, as the iPhone maker is set to launch a new method to prove you’re not a bot in its next major software update. iOS 16.

Spotted by an Apple-focused site MacRumorsthe iPhone maker demonstrated how the new iOS 16 feature would bypass CAPTCHAs at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). In a technique video, the iPhone maker explained how a new feature will work by using something called a private access token to verify you on the website or app. It does this through iCloud, which will verify your device and Apple ID in the background, so there’s no need for the CAPTCHA prompt.

The new iOS 16 feature will also improve your privacy, according to Apple, by avoiding the collection of details such as your IP address. Private access tokens are supported by others, including Cloudyso expect to see them used beyond Apple’s ecosystem.

In early betas of iOS 16, the new iPhone feature is available under Settings > Apple ID > Password & Security > Auto-verification. As with many of Apple’s security and privacy features, automatic verification is enabled by default. I mean, who would want to use CAPTCHAs unless they have to?

The problem with CAPTCHAs

You probably don’t have to say it, but CAPTCHAs, aka the fully automated public Turing test to tell computers from humans, are incredibly annoying. They often fail and are not suitable for less technical users. Plus, they sometimes look like an eye test rather than proof that you’re human. They can also capture details like your IP address, making it a privacy risk.

The reason for CAPTCHAs is security – to distinguish a real person from a bot on a website and prevent spam

For now, CAPTCHAs are a “necessary evil,” says independent security researcher Sean Wright. “Too often it’s hard to tell if you’ve selected all the correct blocks, or in some cases the algorithm just fails multiple times, so the iOS 16 feature is a big usability win,” he says.

The new iOS 16 feature could also improve security, says Wright. “Spoofing a device will become more difficult. Currently, there have been cases where it has been possible, especially when using image processing, to circumvent the protections given by CAPTCHA images.

Security and privacy updates coming to iOS 16

The new CAPTCHA bypass feature is one of many security and privacy upgrades coming to iOS 16 this fall. More announcements will be announced in the coming weeks and months, but currently we can expect more timely security updates, as well as the ability to unsend messages and security keys. access as a password replacement method.

Apple wants the iPhone to be the most secure and private device, and with features like this enabled by default, it does a good job of it. The best security and privacy happens in the background, allowing you to take advantage of your iPhone’s other features.

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