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Apple’s iOS 16 Will Enable Users to Bypass CAPTCHA Verification Prompt: Report

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Highlights:

  • Apple will let you bypass CAPTCHAs on iPhones with iOS 16.
  • The feature is present in the Settings > Apple ID > Password & Security.
  • With this feature enabled, your iPhone will automatically verify CAPTCHAs for you on websites as well as on apps.

Apple’s iOS 16, iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura could come with one important change: The ability to bypass CAPTCHA on most websites. CAPTCHA which stands for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart” is what many of us encounter on a daily basis when navigating through websites and apps. You are either asked to enter a set of letters and numbers in a box or identify traffic lights from a box from pictures to prove you are a human and not a bot. And at times it is very infuriating to figure out. But it looks like the new version of Apple’s software for iPhones and iPads will let users bypass this.

Apple says iCloud will automatically and privately verify your device and Apple ID account in the background, eliminating the need for apps and websites to present you with a CAPTCHA verification prompt. This new system will offer a better user experience for tasks such as signing into or creating an account, with improved user privacy and accessibility compared to CAPTCHA, the report said.

iOS 16 adds Automatic Verification feature to iPhones

The report adds that Cloudflare and Fastly– two major content delivery network (CDN) providers) have announced support for this, which should mean that many of the websites and apps will get this capability. A Reddit user even spotted the feature on the iOS 16 beta version. It appears that users can check the availability of “automatic verification” through Private Access Tokens by heading to Settings > Apple ID > Password & Security > Automatic Verification. Once the feature is enabled, the system will automatically verify your device on sites with CAPTCHA and puzzle. It seems the Automatic Verification feature is enabled by default on iOS 16.

Apple is using the ‘Private Access Tokens’ to let you bypass CAPTCHAs. These tokens act as a privacy pass. Using this protocol, servers request tokens using the new HTTPS authentication method called Private Tokens. These tokens then use RSA Blind Signature to sign and verify CAPTCHAs cryptographically. Apple has confirmed that with this feature, the servers don’t discover client identities or client behavior over time. So yet again, Apple is focusing on privacy with the new iOS 16.

Apple is working with several companies to support Private Access Tokens, so it will work on all apps and websites in the future. As of now, Cloudflare and Fastly are the two networks Apple is working with. Those with iOS 16 installed on their iPhones can try out this feature.

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