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D-Link First to Add CAPTCHA Protect to Routers

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D-Link First to Add CAPTCHA Protection to Routers

Before we all finish off this Friday to partake in whatever reckless irresponsibility is planned, a note of sensibility...

D-Link has become the first company to add 'CAPTCHA' to its home routers, providing an extra level of security. For the uninitiated, CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart - really!) is a challenge response test that ensures that a response is not computer-generated and instead entered by human hand.

In short: it's a great addition to reduce the threat from automated attacks such as Trojan horses that are downloaded unknowingly by Internet users. Tojans, if successful, can attack routers and alter their DNS records to divert all malicious traffic through a target network.

The CAPTCHA feature is immediately available on the wacky DIR-685 Wireless N Storage Router (pictured) while the DIR-615, DIR-635, DIR-655, DIR-825 and DIR-855 will soon have firmware updates available.

Expect rival companies to follow D-Link's lead on this, though it's always rather nice to be first…

Link:

Press Release

Ohmz

May 15, 2009, 11:03 pm

"Tojans, if successful,..."





Ahem, Friday right?

Gordon394

May 15, 2009, 11:07 pm

yep, last time I checked the calendar ;)

Martin Daler

May 15, 2009, 11:51 pm

when do we get a revew of the wacky one?


And I don't get that Friday/Trojan thing, what's going on there?

Chocoa

May 16, 2009, 12:38 am

" Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart "


Hmmm - I can see the reading glasses coming out over the land as people try to log in to their routers! - Some CAPTCHA tests on-line are more like GOTCHA'S in readability terms... I must not be human I guess ;)

Pbryanw

May 16, 2009, 1:32 am

@Chocoa - It doesn't help if you're colourblind too (as I am). I think the worst CAPTCHA, was the one that used to be on the Rapidshare web-site, where you had to count how many cats/dogs you saw.

Xiphias

May 16, 2009, 1:49 am

Waste of time, the only reason these things work at all is that they're used for relatively inconsequential things like forums that only stupid spammers bother with in the first place. Start using them for something important and the genuine criminals will have a bypass within a week (or more likely, already have the code in place for just this eventuality).

acgs1

May 16, 2009, 3:35 am

To be honest, Xiphias is right; those to whom this really matters will find ways around it...

Gordon394

May 16, 2009, 7:35 am

@Xiphias - to be fair while you say "genuine criminals will have a bypass within a week" - that's no reason not to offer a free upgrade to owners with this protection now.

Xiphias

May 17, 2009, 1:50 am

@Gordon: It wastes developer time that could be used on more useful things and annoys users.

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