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This is one of the most annoying things you see on the Internet meant to rudely interrupt your browsing session. Captchas have come to stay and there seems to be nothing we can do about it. You’re trying to access a site and their Cloudflare security stops you for a check, trying to prove if you’re actually a human being or a Terminator sent from the future disguised as a human.
If you’ve been wondering why this is happening, you’re not alone. Millions of internet users are asking exactly the same question you’re asking.
Blame the spammers on your network
Before you start blaming website owners who are only trying to protect their web property, you should know that spammers on your network are the first to blame for this. Just so you know, there are people within your network using some tools to send unsolicited messages to thousands of email addresses and spam websites with automated posts.
Once these messages are repeatedly reported and marked as spam, your IP address is blacklisted on services like Spamhaus, Spamcop, Sorbs.net and the rest of them. You can even check sites like IP-Score.com to see if your IP addresss is blacklisted already. Websites that keep a record of blacklisted IP address will deny you access and will require you to prove if you are actually human or a bot.
Your ISP too is to blame
As you are connected to the Internet right now, you have an IP address (Internet Protocol address) which is identifies your device on the world wide web. The problem is that your ISP probably has a single IP address for thousands of customers. This means your IP address is not unique and you have other people spamming with that very same IP address.
If your Internet Service Provider issues shared IP address, there’s likely to be a black sheep using that same IP address you’re given to spam. And since these ISPs do not actively monitor their network to identify and suspend spammers from using their service, you can put some of the blame on them.
Malware too contribute a lot
With the way people ignorantly download and install computer viruses and malware disguised as cracked apps, you should know that your computer might even be one of those sending spam messages. Hackers are clever enough to code malware to send automated spam messages using your computer instead of doing it from their own end.
All that needs to be done is to trick you with an exciting offer or cracked application.
How to bypass captchas
To bypass captchas, you need to obfuscate your IP address. Basically, this means you need to change your IP address. You can either use an anonymous proxy or a VPN (Virtual Private Network). We have a recent post on things to look out for when buying a VPN and this old post too shows several ways to change your IP address.