[tor-talk] Google disable web-access to gmail for Tor-users?

Aaron aagbsn at extc.org
Tue Apr 5 08:21:32 UTC 2011

If you must have GMail, I've noticed that accounts created on android
devices are not subject to these checks. And yes, even when using Tor
via Orbot.

You don't have an android phone? The following works too:

1. Install the android sdk/emulator and create an avd. I tested with
API 8 (android 2.2) + google apis
2. launch the emulator: emulator -http-proxy
@your_adb_name_here (the proxy settings in the gui did *not* work for
3. verify tor is working via http://check.torproject.org
4. navigate through settings->accounts&sync->add account->google->create
5. solve captcha
6. profit


On Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 10:52 PM, grarpamp <grarpamp at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> >Google requires you to be able to receive a text message or phone call to
>>> >use a GMail account over Tor.
>>> 1st I've heard they REQUIRE a phone # to use Gmail over Tor.  Anyone
>>> else aware this is the only way?
> First I've heard that they require SMS to *USE* gmail.
> However, SMS has been required for quite some time now
> to *CREATE* a new gmail account. There was a thread a
> few months back regarding creation. And to date, I've not
> been able to create a new gmail account without SMS from
> any exit anywhere on the planet. Nor from any residential
> DHCP pool I have access to.
>>> I'd bet, from the Google message about "unusual activity," it was
>>> because the exit node wasn't in the  same country I used when created
> Yeah, they like to pop up red warning banners for avid travelers.
> I just hit dismiss, no SMS junk required.
>> In once case, it happened while I was using a pseudonym to contibute
>> to another open source project and ask questions on a mailinglist.
> I've never had any problems sending any message anywhere, at all.
> Only with new account creation. And the occaisional dismissed nag
> notice.
>> clicked through the help links and filled out some form explaining my
>> desire for strong pseudonymity, and they lifted the block without a
>> cell #.
> When I try creating a new account, without providing an SMS or
> other number, there is a form to fill out. I pick "don't have phone" or
> "don't want to give number" and explain the same. They ignore it.
> And if I recall, the account is left in a locked state. And since, rightly,
> no secondary address was provided, they can't reach me anyways.
> And any cool account name you came up with dies locked with it too.
> No offense to the list, but fuck google. With all their supposed
> brain power you'd think they could come up with something
> a little less brutal than a sledgehammer. Then again, I don't
> blame them... the GECOS, user, pass, contact, recovery,
> and mail content is certainly worth many millions more when
> combined with a phone number. Pigs.
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