Use a Google recaptcha alternative
Seriously ... I HATE GOOGLE RECAPTCHA! Because I actively try to prevent Google tracking me (I've disabled practically every Google domain I can find using my /etc/hosts file), Google is not really aware I exist on the net. As a result, I HAD TO SOLVE TEN--count them--TEN DAMNED CHALLENGES to sign up for this site! (I'm given to understand the following things about ReCAPTCHA: 1) Google does not present as many challenges if it has seen your IP address often, which it won't for me because I actively block them; and 2) the ReCAPCHTA code sometimes presents challenge after challenge even after it's decided you're not human, probably to frustrate the bots.)
Counter to what your web design team thinks, there ARE other ways to tell humans apart from computers! DON'T USE reCAPTCHA!
2. WHO DESIGNED THIS DAMNED FORM?? It's got a bloody small dialogue THAT I CAN'T RESIZE IN FIREFOX! (for Linux.) Kindly inform your "user experience" idiots that tiny dialogue boxes are a pain in the ass to work with.
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reCaptcha is depressing. +1 for this one.
Chinese sites use a slider puzzle that is a pleasure
Protonmail could write its own way of avoiding automatons
Yes, please switch to hCaptcha!
the more i use protonmail, the more i see them as the spineless pukes that they truly are. Make a stupid decision turning over a french kids ip address, then tell your users if they want truer privacy, use their Tor portal, then put captchas on the portal..worms. I too was ready to get a paid account. But instead, i'm spending my money at lavabit, where they've got 1000x more moral integrity than these hacks
I had my wallet out ready to purchase the -full meal deal- Protonmail full package, mail, VPN, etc, ... UNTIL stumbling into this thread.. WALLET back into my pocket. Will continue with my free email until I find something better. WILL NOT spend any money and have to ever cross paths with the Alphabet devil.
DO NOT USE GOOGLE RECAPTCHA
Agree with those before, shouldn't have to rely on the incarnated antithesis of privacy, Google, to run ProtonMail.
I couldn't agree more, i mean RECAPTCHA sucks.
Makes me want to drop the whole VPN service
Totally Agree: have added a vote! AND Proton can do a LOT better wrt user validation by enabling validation via smart crypto wallets where we sign in with a public key and link our secure wallet to Proton; Proton then sends a message to our secure wallet for us to sign with our private key. Kaboom: legacy-spyware-nonsense-Goooone!
I run Proton encrypted VPN with SeaMonkey web browser so ALL recaptcha code FAILS to verify correctly. I have to TURN OFF my protection in order for a recaptcha to work.
And it is a resident evil from Google, etc.
GET RID OF IT!
I was pondering upgrading to a paid plan, but I'm so irritated with your constant proof of human test the way you have it set up, I'm beginning to hate protonmail.
I should be able to change users without triggering this every time. You should at least be reading the IP address and not issuing the challenge test from the same IP all the time.
MOST IMPORTANTLY...stop using recaptcha. This is the most annoying, tedious and absurd challenge in existence and for a company that is trying to offer alternatives to Google, it is ironic you are using a tool made by those jerks.
You can do a math story problem, you can let a user make their own challenge questions only they would know. You can do so many different things than use Google's piece of garbage!
While reCAPTCHA may, in fact, be presented from an anonymous iframe, that is not at all clear to the people signing up. Also, despite being served anonymously, people are still contributing valuable image recognition data to Google this way, which may not be what you want if you dislike Google as a company.
Andrew S. commented
They're still using it, and it's still the default among various alternatives. Considering most newcomers are surely refugees from Gmail, this makes a really bad impression.
Some comment from Proton is in order, here or on the more active https://protonmail.uservoice.com/forums/284483-protonmail/suggestions/40059430-do-not-use-google-recaptcha (which I already spent 2 votes on...). I *hate* reCaptcha, it is so maddening to know I am giving Google free AI training in exchange for being obstructed!
Andrew S. commented
PLEASE don't use any EVIL products in Yours. :) That absolutely includes Google, Facebook, Amazon, ... as others have said. As you of all organisations ought to know! At least there are alternatives to reCaptcha (now, if not formerly) for your sign-up. But to see it as an option is disheartening (and it is the default at the moment). Even seeing Facebook and Google icons under this input field feels ludicrous -- why not host your own comments/voting page? It's fairly trivial, and if you require users to be signed-in then you know you are getting suggestions from your user base, and it automatically prevents abuse. Keep up the good work, no irony intended! <3
I think a better, easier captcha would be a math problem or this: https://archive.ph/9oZzk
PLEASE DONT USE ANY GOOGLE PRODUCTS IN YOURS !
As others have said, I don't agree with the tone of op's request but I do strongly agree that the likes of Google, Facebook, Twitter and any company where the user's data is their product should be treated as pariahs and avoided at all costs.
While I don't agree with the tone of the original poster, I agree that a more privacy friendly alternative should be used instead of reCAPTCHA. hcaptcha.com seems like a good fit and will probably be an easy drop-in replacement.
T H commented
Nothing tied to Google nor Facebook. I despise what those company do.
I agree! Anything connected to google, FB, MS, etc., that snoops is to be avoided. Plus RECAPTCHA! IS Very Irritating when the pictures are fuzzy and can only be blown up enough to still not tell. I empathize with the commenter's frustration! Nice to have a place to blow a little charge and be heard!
This looks like a possible alternative: https://www.hcaptcha.com/