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Old 02-14-2016, 04:40 PM   #1
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How can I stop Gmail from sending me texts when I tell it not to


I got that two-step authentication to sign in to my Gmail account. Well, I have two computers that I use. On both I checked the 'Don't ask again on this computer.' (see screenshot) On one it worked. On the other they send me a text every single time I sign in. I thought it might be because I added NoScript but I have Gmail completely allowed (and besides, the one computer doesn't get the texts). I looked for help in Gmail and could find nothing. It's pretty frustrating because I'm the only one who uses the computers and I'm in and out of the email a lot (and have to pay for the texts). Any idea how I could get the texts to stop (without losing the two-step verification)? Thanks.
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Old 02-14-2016, 05:25 PM   #2
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That is frustrating. Being a chap of contradictions I only run google stuff on a VM - no google on my main box. And of course my android phone (doh!). So I pick up the mails on the phone.

On the VM I have told gmail to "remember me". So I don't have to sign in often. I must have disabled two step authentication as I don't get the SMS message. I just had a look in my account and I have switched off the two step verification.

This doesn't answer the question though. Apologies
 
Old 02-14-2016, 06:20 PM   #3
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You can have Google generate codes which you download, then use as necessary. The easiest way is to use the Google Authenticator app on a phone. Getting text messages is my last resort. I generally use the Authenticator app, for 2-factor authentication with Google, Dropbox, and LastPass. But I have a file with backup codes in case my phone breaks or disappears. You can generate the codes as often as you like, and keep them in a local file. I actually put my codes on Dropbox and Google Drive, encrypted, so I can get them when I need them. Go to the 2-factor setup page and change the delivery method.
 
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Old 02-14-2016, 11:46 PM   #4
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That's what happens when you use incognito mode.

When you 'click don't ask again' all it does is to store an encrypted cookie in your browser so it knows that thats you and not ask you next time.

So use it on non-incognito mode

OR

just use google authenticator.

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Old 02-15-2016, 08:10 PM   #5
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You can have Google generate codes which you download, then use as necessary. The easiest way is to use the Google Authenticator app on a phone. Getting text messages is my last resort. I generally use the Authenticator app, for 2-factor authentication with Google, Dropbox, and LastPass. But I have a file with backup codes in case my phone breaks or disappears. You can generate the codes as often as you like, and keep them in a local file. I actually put my codes on Dropbox and Google Drive, encrypted, so I can get them when I need them. Go to the 2-factor setup page and change the delivery method.
Thanks sgosnell. I don't have a smart phone so I can't do the Authenticator app. And I'm thinking the reason this is happening is because I've been using NoScripts. I wonder if that can be causing it? Anyway, I got some codes so that's good. But how do you encrypt the codes before you put them on Dropbox and Drive?

And there's a Chrome app. Actually two. For the browser. Think either of these is worthwhile?

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/d...kblbcobl?hl=en

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/d...dinpkbai?hl=en
 
Old 02-15-2016, 08:16 PM   #6
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That's what happens when you use incognito mode.

When you 'click don't ask again' all it does is to store an encrypted cookie in your browser so it knows that thats you and not ask you next time.

So use it on non-incognito mode

OR

just use google authenticator.
Thanks MrTux. I haven't been using incognito mode at all. I think it's cause I have been using NoScript. Or maybe because I have Click n Clean which is clearing the cookies every time the browser closes. But I've actually gone into Gmail twice while the browser is open (and it sends the text the second time) so that can't be it. I also have apps (this is all in Firefox): Ghostery and uBlock Origin and Better Privacy. I'm sure one of those is blocking the cookie.

Think either of these two browser apps would be good?

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/d...kblbcobl?hl=en

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/d...dinpkbai?hl=en
 
Old 02-15-2016, 10:50 PM   #7
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Still thinking. I'm really a Firefox guy. (Esp. since they're not supporting Chrome for my Linux 32 bit machine.) Are there any Gmail authenticator type apps on Firefox? That or an app to manage the cookies (and maybe I've got it already I don't know, as I have Ghostery, Click n Clean, uBlock Origin and Better Privacy) in Firefox where I could just allow the cookie(s) that gmail needs to not send me the text every time?
 
Old 02-15-2016, 11:17 PM   #8
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Not sure what you are asking. But no nagging for my phone number using this.

http://postmyimage.com/img2/191_screenshot.jpg
 
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Old 02-16-2016, 08:39 PM   #9
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Not sure what you are asking. But no nagging for my phone number using this.

http://postmyimage.com/img2/191_screenshot.jpg
Thanks rokytnji. Mr. Tux had the right idea. I was blocking Gmail's cookies with Ghostery. Now I whitelisted Gmail on Ghostery and problem solved.

LOL I have no idea what you're talking about nagging you to get your phone number.
 
Old 02-16-2016, 08:48 PM   #10
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Thanks rokytnji. Mr. Tux had the right idea. I was blocking Gmail's cookies with Ghostery. Now I whitelisted Gmail on Ghostery and problem solved.

LOL I have no idea what you're talking about nagging you to get your phone number.
https://support.google.com/mail/answer/114129?hl=en
 
Old 02-16-2016, 10:42 PM   #11
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Google asks for a phone number to use for emergency access to your account, but you can refuse to give one and everything works. It's not like my phone number is secret or anything. I gave it to them so I can get SMS messages with access codes in the event everything else has gone south. But you don't have to give Google a phone number if you don't want to.
 
  


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