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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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