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OHIO People search gets easier for humans, harder for bots

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Jill Bateman  

Screen shot: Updated search results page for OHIO People searches.Starting on May 18th, you may notice some changes to the search results page when you look people up on the Ohio University website. OIT has improved the visual design of the search results page to make it easier to use and has added a "captcha" challenge to help prevent automated spam bots from harvesting email addresses.  

The new anti-bot feature prompts off campus users to complete a security challenge called a "captcha" after several consecutive People searches. Captcha challenges are tasks that are easy for a human to complete but difficult for a computer bot, like checking a box that says "I am not a robot" or transcribing distorted letters and numbers. This extra layer of protection should reduce automated address mining, which in turn should reduce email and phone spam.  

Visual improvements to the page include a cleaner layout and a larger, easier to read search box. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the IT Service Desk.

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