Creating Youtube accounts securely-with NO “Phishy” phone verification
UPDATE 2-14-2012: Google now says they will use device and browser fingeprinting to track users, officially beginning March 1. Lock out comments on your Youtube Account and abandon it today!
If you still need to create new Youtube accounts, you will need to spoof MAC addresses at the least and boot from a common live disk. At most you might need a new COMPUTER until tools to block or spoof device ID techniques are develeped. You can firewall out Bluecava device ID by adding
UPDATE: The technique described below no longer works from any IP address that has created a Youtube address generating “content ID” copyright matches, maybe not from IP addresses previously used to create youtube accounts at all
While this still works from “dynamic” or new IP addresses, Google is now cross-indexing so much information on youtube account holders and maybe video viewers as well that the advice below must now change to : USE LIVELEAK INSTEAD!
None the less, the procedure below should still work on “youtube virgin” IP addresses coupled with “youtube-virgin” email addresses And a computer for which Google does not have an OS fingerprint and cannot get a “device ID” as used in mobile devices from
Think, though, before using any Google service for any purpose-and your videos may disappear if Youtube decides to kill your account. Therefore, NEVER access if from any of your previous IP addresses if you have had prior Youtube problems.
If you want to post videos to Youtube (say, one showing illegal activity) without the pigs knowing who you are, without giving them a phone number or other “real” personal information, there’s a way to do it.
Google/Youtube is now often demanding that new accounts be “verified” with a cell phone text message. Smells like “phish” to me-like someone asking you to “verify” your email password so they can ask all your contacts to wire them $5000 to an airport in London. Also smells of the MPAA, the RIAA-adn the FBI, if you are into Animal and Earth Liberation work, for instance.
Obviously this just won’t so, as it would be such a waste to buy an expensive prepaid no-ID phone and then throw it away just to post one video to Youtube!
Here’s what the good folks at Black Hat World have to say about it:
Google/Youtube now checks that the ZIP CODE you give them matches or is close to the IP address of the Internet connection you are contacting them from. No match, they ask for “account verification” like someone phishing for your personal info might do. They MIGHT also be doing this when names end in random numbers’ etc, though I have yet to test that.
Therefore, you need to know the zip code of where you are using that wireless connection or public computer to securely set up an account. First, set up an email account-NOT with gmail. Yahoo, Hotmail, Hushmail all fine, you will be using it exactly once.
Next, go to Youtube and make your account. you want this to look like a post from a home computer with real personal information, which you are of course not using. Make sure the state, country, and Zip code are those the wireless connection or public computer is really located in, no matter what area your video is to be from. It will usually go right through,with NO demand for SMS (text message) verification according to my tests and those of the Blackhat folks.
If it does not, something may have changed, but try another email address from another wireless acccess point/public computer, as there may be some they do not like, choosing names for the email address that don’t sound “spammy” Surely you don’t want your ALF videos mistaken for spam!
I suspect Google can’t really demand this of ALL new Gmail or Youtube accounts without causing most people to refuse to “verify their accounts” and simply switch to Dailymotion and to Hushmail, for example. Let’s not forget, we are always reminded NEVER to give out account numbers, passwords, etc due to “phishing” attacks, and many people will simply assume they are being fed a fake Youtube page phishing for their phone number!
Note: This means Tor won’t work, as getting the exit node’s zip code is unlikely to be possible, though so many exit nodes are in Germany you could just try again and again from, say,Berlin, until you are sucessful.