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

grarpamp grarpamp at gmail.com
Wed Apr 6 23:37:25 UTC 2011

> I do think it's ridiculous to need a phone to get a webmail
> account.

I just don't like their apparent stance requiring SMS/voice auth.

> What I don't understand is hating on Google but still wanting to
> use their webmail service.

As mentioned earlier, it's a perception thing. And of course all
the other cool Google services that come with an account, and
third-party online tie-ins. And they're one of few that do not put
the source IP/FQDN in the headers... which sometimes makes for more
reliable mail delivery and better perception as well.

> 1. Install the android sdk/emulator and create an avd.
> I tested with API 8 (android 2.2)

ditto + openjdk6 + ia32-libs on Ubuntu 10.10 amd64 updated

> + google apis

Not sure what you mean by this.

> 2. launch the emulator: emulator -http-proxy @avb
> 3. verify tor is working via http://check.torproject.org

Done, but skipped the proxy for now, because if it doesn't work via
clearnet, it won't work via tor.

Note the emulator is really slow. And I've no idea how to enlarge
the screen so you don't have to scroll around so much?

> 4. navigate through settings->accounts&sync->add account->google->create

Ok... so....

This menu tree exists for me: settings > accounts&sync
Everything including and after 'add account' does not exist in the
accounts&sync menu. settings > accounts&sync yields just a note
on screen about an Exchange account, username and password.

Again via clearnet, I also tried using the android browser (the
globe ball thing on the screen).  https://mail.google.com/mail/signup.
Filled out the page form and its captcha, hit accept/create and
boom, the next page is the SMS/voice verification request as usual.
So no dice there either.

Can you more fully document your process as I tinker? Thanks.

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