reCAPTCHA is service from Google that helps protect websites from spam and abuse. A “CAPTCHA” is a turing test to tell human and bots apart. Previously almost free for most sites – the pricing is about to be significantly altered come April 1st 2024.
While previously enojoying the high free tier limits of 1mln free assessments per month – which translated to almost universal installation on millions of websites, this appears to be about to change starting April 1st 2024.
According to the email I got this morning: Google reduces the free assessments from 1mln to just 10000 a month for both recaptcha enterprise service and previously “free recaptcha service”, which constitutes a 100x allowance reduction, renames recapcha no-cost plan to reCAPTCHA-lite (with up to 10000 assessments a month) and introduces new “reCAPTCHA standard” plan – that comes with up to 100000 assessments for 8$ a month.
reCAPTCHA Enterprise users are still going to be paying 1$ per every 1000 assessments after the first free 10000 assessments (also reduced from previously 1mln free per month). But, and email is a little confusing here, it would appear that the “transaction protection” feature becomes less expensive if you use it: (from $40 per 1000 to $1 per 1000 reduction).
Being a core service for many websites – the upcoming reCAPTCHA Pricing Change is going to send many developers and companies scrambling for alternatives and assessing the current usage, although the 8$ per 100k assessments per month plan might be enough for many.
Just got this email this morning: