Protecting Trivia Apps from Cheaters

Mobile trivia apps, such as HQ Trivia and The Q, modernize game show-style entertainment, allowing anyone to try their hand at winning cash prizes from their smartphone from anywhere. However, these applications are susceptible to cheaters and bots. For example, a developer by the name of Toby Mellor recently demonstrated how he created a near-realtime system to cheat on HQ Trivia. His post (linked above) details his use of Google cloud APIs to create this system. While the demo was certainly impressive, I felt that I could improve on this…

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