[tor-talk] Why does requesting for bridges by email require a Yahoo or Gmail address?

Mirimir mirimir at riseup.net
Fri Jul 25 04:11:24 UTC 2014

On 07/24/2014 08:38 PM, Matthew Finkel wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 10:29:49PM +0000, ideas buenas wrote:
>> I don't trust Gmail nor Yahoo. Roger, found another way. No excuses, please.
> This actually has very little to do with trust, and (as Roger said)
> these providers were chosen because of the difficulty of creating new
> accounts. Out of curiousity, what are you actually worried about?
> Personally, it is sad that you need a phone number when you create
> these accounts over Tor, but if retrieving bridges is important (and
> it usually is), then there are usually ways to do this safely.

A workaround is http://receive-sms-online.com/. Maybe there are other
similar sites. But even so, it probably won't be through Tor. So the
safest approach may be offline.

Are there Tor Project addresses with published gpg keys that can be used
for requesting keys?

> Another distribution method is currently being written and we will
> write others in the future, but please help us provide another way
> (yes, you, please help us if the current situation is unsatisfactory!).
> The more people we can safely help, the better.
> - Matt

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