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

Aaron aagbsn at extc.org
Thu Apr 7 02:48:42 UTC 2011

On Apr 6, 2011 4:42 PM, "grarpamp" <grarpamp at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 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.
when you create your avd there is a list of api versions. if you do not see
listings that include '+ google apis' you may need to download those - see
'available packages' and make sure you check at least one of 'Google APIs by
Google Inc. Android API ...'

I used version 8.

This should add the option to create a google account.

> > 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.

yes, it sucks. sorry.

And I've no idea how to enlarge
> the screen so you don't have to scroll around so much?

when you create an avd you have the option of specifying a custom screen

> > 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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