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

Joe Btfsplk joebtfsplk at gmx.com
Tue Apr 5 19:03:45 UTC 2011

On 4/5/2011 12:52 AM, grarpamp wrote:
> 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've had this Gmail acct since 2007 (that I tried w/ Tor the other day 
after OP's question).  I've not tried to create any new ones lately via 
Tor, so you may be right.
What if you don't have a phone # to give them (or don't want to) - they 
just don't let you create an acct?

In the past, I could use Tor w/ Gmail - assumed they changed policies.
It's pretty nervy (& savvy) of them  to attach a phone # w/ email acct.  
Obviously, people are eating it up w/ a spoon.  Their google st. view 
had a pic of my house w/ car in front - showing license plate.  Had them 
remove my house.

FYI - I tried GMX w/ Tor couple days ago - worked just fine.
>>> 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.
What do you mean by "I just hit dismiss?"  When I tried Gmail thru Tor 
from a PC, there was no way to "dismiss" the screen.  The only way (I 
found) around giving a phone, was fill out their "investigation" form, 
w/ a 2nd email, info about your Gmail acct, then wait for reply.  I 
didn't follow the link they sent, but assume it'd require resetting PW.  
Not a good solution to this prob.
> I've never had any problems sending any message anywhere, at all.
Are you talking about using Tor & Gmail - recently, w/o SMS or other #?
>> clicked through the help links and filled out some form explaining my
>> desire for strong pseudonymity, and they lifted the block without a
>> cell #.
Was this a permanent lift of ban while using Tor?  As in, you never had 
to ask them again or had problems logging in w/ Tor?

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