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[tor-talk] Are webmail providers biased against Tor?
I have noticed that when I try to login to my Gmail or Hotmail accounts
with Tor, I invariably get asked to validate myself (e.g. receive an
SMS). This is understandably due my IP being in a different country from
the "usual" IPs that I use to sign in.
However, I have experimented with StrictExitNodes. I am in New York and
have used a number of New York exit nodes. I still get asked to verify.
I am wondering if Tor developers or experienced users know (for a fact)
whether or not this is "normal" or whether using an exit node
automatically makes Gmail and Hotmail think that a "hacker" is
attempting to access the accounts.
This is not a case of a website e.g. Craigslist blocking Tor. It is
whether the use of an exit node IP automatically engenders scrutiny from
whatever security algorithms certain webmail providers use.
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