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re: Preventing malicious authentication attempts while avoiding CAPTCHAs. VIEW POST


CAPTCHA would be the sort of thing you'd put in an abusable, expensive endpoint (eg session token creation or full text search), or else to prevent automatons creating loads of single-use accounts. You can deal with it on the client or the server, but if it isn't matching, you kill it off ASAP.

It's there to reduce bot activity in things that could be expensive, not to be a bar of entry for a returning user who may have already invested in your product.


Discord is an example of using CAPTCHAs during sign in process. So is Riot.

Password hashing functions are expensive operations. Which you must take the password input, hash it, then compare it with the stored hash.


That falls under session token creation though.

I mean bar of entry as requirement after first failure, usually by IP and ID. It might be expensive, but with a use-after-fail it might make more sense.

I say this knowing that I'm simultaneously recommending two practises that are non-similar... it made a lot more sense in my head, anyway.

The tl;dr is that only put it in if you have some need not to, keep tokens that allow bypassing any other requirements or so on.

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