Visitor Threshold

mCaptcha’s variable difficulty factor mechanism requires a website’s traffic statistics be split into levels, so that it can deploy the right difficulty factor for each level.

Visitor threshold is used to traffic into levels and mCaptcha accepts a difficulty configuration for each of these levels. When current traffic exceeds a difficulty factor, mCaptcha will increase the difficulty factor to the next configured level.

For instance, consider the configuration given below:

  • Cool down period: 30 seconds
Level Difficulty Factor Visitor Threshold
1 5,000 2,000
2 50,000 5,000
3 500,000 10,000
4 5,000,000 15,000

If the website sees 2,000 requests in a 30 second window, level 1 difficulty factor(5,000) will be deployed. If the traffic increases to 5,000 requests in a 30 second window, then difficulty factor will be upgraded to level 2(50,000). Likewise 10,000 and 15,000 requests over 30 seconds will result in difficulty factor being upgraded to 500,000 and 5,000,000 respectively.

Visitor threshold is how mCaptcha determines which difficulty factor level to deploy. mCaptcha uses leaky bucket algorithm to keep the visitor threshold constantly updated within the configured cool down period. So, at any given moment the, the current visitor level will be the amount of traffic that was served in the cool down period specified.

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