YouTube wants my phone number to verify acct

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YouTube wants my phone number to verify acct

Post by soltirefa » Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:55 am

I tried to sign onto my YT account and it sent me to a thing to put the country and a phone number so they can send me a voice message with a verification code or something. I don't like having to give out my info, and besides, how does that insure that the person attempting to sign in is me? It could be an imposter who gives HIS phone number. I'm not happy about this.

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Re: YouTube wants my phone number to verify acct

Post by lagartija » Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:32 am

Sounds like malware...
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Re: YouTube wants my phone number to verify acct

Post by soltirefa » Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:05 pm

I don't think it's malware. There are several videos explaining how to "verify" YouTube without giving your phone number, basically by using an internet free number. I think that because I logged in with my iPhone and another computer it caused YT to suspect my account was being hacked. But I'm not sure. Needless to say, I don't like the hassle of this. I might have to start using Vimeo instead.

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Post by Andrew Fryer » Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:29 pm

No, lots of things want phone numbers nowadays - FB, Amazon (I think). I'm unhappy about it, but it seems to be the fashion.
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Re: YouTube wants my phone number to verify acct

Post by kloeten » Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:53 pm

This is called two-step authentication and the intent is to keep your account safe.
See here for an explanation http://gizmodo.com/its-time-to-enable-t ... 1646242605

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Post by Jeffrey Armbruster » Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:43 pm

Maybe it wants a date. I'd be flattered.
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Re: YouTube wants my phone number to verify acct

Post by Aitua » Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:14 pm

Unfortunately, now you have to give your mobile phone in order to create a YouTube account. But it is true that it is easy to steal a password so Google rather make at least two-step verification for all accounts.
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Re: YouTube wants my phone number to verify acct

Post by soltirefa » Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:00 pm

kloeten wrote:This is called two-step authentication and the intent is to keep your account safe.
See here for an explanation http://gizmodo.com/its-time-to-enable-t ... 1646242605
Thank you for this.

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Re: YouTube wants my phone number to verify acct

Post by simonm » Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:16 pm

soltirefa wrote:
kloeten wrote:This is called two-step authentication and the intent is to keep your account safe.
See here for an explanation http://gizmodo.com/its-time-to-enable-t ... 1646242605
Thank you for this.
Phone numbers have little to do with two step authentication and everything to do with making the company's profiling of you more accurate so that they can sell you for more money. The only thing better that a phone number is your credit card details so that they get access to your financial history.

Two step authentication refers to things like the TAN numbers used by european banks or the RSA tokens/Soft tokens used in the the IT industry or good old one use pads used by spies of days gone by. (or the original printed TAN sheets).

Remember youtube is google so you are supplying them with yet another bit of info locking down your profile. Chances are they have it anyway but this way it is official and useable for every purpose they can think of to make money with your data in every country and not just n the US.

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Re: YouTube wants my phone number to verify acct

Post by tom0311 » Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:26 pm

What Simon said ^ not malware or authentication just profiling data for more £££. Loads of things ask for phone numbers now, annoyingly.
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Re: YouTube wants my phone number to verify acct

Post by Alan Green » Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:45 am

Nothing new - Twitter wants it and will send you an authentication code to use as part of your Account Verification process if you want the little blue badge on your Twitter profile.

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Re: YouTube wants my phone number to verify acct

Post by simonm » Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:25 am

tom0311 wrote:..... Loads of things ask for phone numbers now, annoyingly.
Many will accept 1234567890.

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Re: YouTube wants my phone number to verify acct

Post by tom0311 » Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:40 pm

simonm wrote:
tom0311 wrote:..... Loads of things ask for phone numbers now, annoyingly.
Many will accept 1234567890.
I usually put 11 0's in :) especially when downloading eval software to avoid the impending barrage of sales calls.
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