gmail wants my cell phone again

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by caspian, Jan 14, 2010.

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  1. caspian

    caspian Registered Member

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    If I try to register a gmail account, at the end of the registration, they want my cell phone. Otherwise it's a no go. I haven't tried creating one using my true IP so I am wondering if they are doing this to everyone or just people who use a VPN or proxy?

    But here is something else. And I am wondering if anyone else is getting this problem. I have multiply gmail accounts that are associated with message boards and groups. None of them are associated with anything or anyone outside of that group. There are no emails sent or received to anyone that I know beyond that direct association.

    So I keep getting these little messages at the top of the screen that says something like "hey wait a minute, read this it's important. We don't have an email or a cell phone number for you and so if you lose your password we may not be able to retrieve it for you". Does this happen to anyone else here?
     
  2. snowdrift

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    I have had that before... I say feck it. Either disregard it or drop Gmail. ;-)
     
  3. dw426

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    It isn't happening to me, I get no such message when I sign in. Maybe they're trying to tie cell phones to accounts again, who knows.
     
  4. snowdrift

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    I just tried to make another account to test it. Yes those idiots are doing the friggin cell number thing again. Screw Google, every time you try to put a little bit of faith back in them they put the dagger right back in you. Between this and the hypocritical China situation (which, until I found out the facts, I was ready to trust them again), they aren't worth dealing with. I'm switching email services and searching through Bing. I've had it with this Big Brother crap, I've got enough to worry about with my own government without adding an omnipresent online entity to it.


    God help the businesses and users who decide to trust Googles inevitable cloud services with their data.
     
  6. acuariano

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    you right screw google,,thisis telemarketing tactics...
    google wants to know everything about you..lol!!!
     
  7. hierophant

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    Maybe Google just wants to exclude China's hacker militia ;)
     
  8. axle00

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    LOL you trusted Google?!?
     
  9. tsec

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    Choose the latter.

    Feels good, man :)
     
  10. dw426

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    There was a time when they COULD be trusted. It seems long ago, in a galaxy far away, I know. It feels like I'm on some other planet, Microsoft is improving their reputation, Google is, well, they aren't losing it, they seem to be going the Facebook route of "We simply don't give a damn". Unfortunately all of us are stuck with them in some capacity as they have their greedy little paws on just about every aspect of the internet these days.

    Speaking of which, those of you waiting for a workable, effective ad-blocking extension, and, even a NoScript-like one for Chrome, you might as well hang that one up.
     
  11. noone_particular

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    If Chrome can be configured to use a local proxy, Proxomitron will replace NoScript. You may need an outbound firewall to make sure it doesn't bypass it.
     
  12. Gasp

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    I don't understand why asking someone to enter their mobile number would prevent spam?

    I know of people who actually sell GMail accounts, and make good money. You can buy one accounts, or one hundred thousand accounts. All new accounts, verified and working. Clearly can be used for spam. Secondly, most SIM cards in the UK are free, some networks don't even force you to register then before they work. Pop in a free SIM, register for GMail, and spam away.

    Why bother asking for a mobile?
     
  13. snowdrift

    snowdrift Registered Member

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    To quote a phrase:

    Open up and say ahhhhhh!
     
  14. ArtemisX

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    be an awfull shame if you just typed your mob number in incorrectly.
     
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