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Re: [tor-talk] Tor and Google error / CAPTCHAs.

On 2016-09-27 15:50, Alec Muffett wrote:

Is it possible to use a different proxy way to access Gmail, FB, etc
without being seen as suspicious? For example, one could use proxychains
with Tor followed by a SOCKS proxy to login.

If I understand you right (?) I think that was exactly the reason
we/Facebook set up the Onion site.  A Tor-sympathetic access mechanism,
more likely to be selected by human beings than folk pursuing the
scraperfriendly adequate location-anonymity which exit nodes provide.

I didn't explain myself very well. With the proxychains tool (http://proxychains.sourceforge.net/) you can write something like:

proxychains firefox www.example.com

And then in /etc/proxychains.conf:

socks5 9050
socks5 33333

Proxychains runs Tor then the SOCKS proxy so the destination website sees a SOCKS IP not a Tor exit node IP. Yet the user is still using Tor to access the SOCKS proxy.

The problem is that the SOCKS IP itself may be "bad" (perhaps even as "bad" as an exit node IP) and hence Gmail, FB, etc, still discriminate (and hence demand additional proof).

Since SOCKS IPs, like exit node IPs, can be selected by country and (sometimes) via city, it's possible to have an IP which is in the city in which the webmail or social network person resides.

IOW: a London-based FB user can have his FB account accessed by a London-based SOCKS IP (accessed over Tor). Whether or not the FB login algorithm would regard this geographically correct but nonetheless SOCKS-based IP as authentic is not something I would know. You mentioned in the video that the "problem" with Tor is that the user's IP changes and the IP that attempts to login might be in a different continent from that which is usual. In this situation, you have a non-Tor IP which is geographically correct attempt to login. Yet it is still a proxy IP not a home user or business IP. Is that an issue for Gmail, Yahoo!, FB, etc? I don't know.
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