I log into Stack Overflow (and others) using Google. I don't have any alternative means of login in many cases, like an email/password combination - Google is the only way of accessing those accounts.

Now the scenario is that I am on an untrusted computer and want to access eg. Stack Overflow. However, I don't want to log in to Google as I would put my primary email at risk.

How can I log in to SO/some other service anyway?


You can't. Stack Overflow recognizes you only because Google tells it who you are; and for that, Google has to recognize you first.


  • Enable two-factor authentication for your Google account. Even if your password is stolen by a keylogger, it won't grant others access to your account.

  • Use a different account for authentication with less important sites that you will want to use casually at an airport / internet cafe. This may be too late if you already registered, but at least Stack Overflow (and Stack Exchange in general) allows you to add more credentials to your account.

  • I am open to semi-hacks, like migrating a cookie. – vektor Dec 31 '17 at 17:58
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    I surely hope that SO security measures prevent any such hacks. Having someone with your stolen cookie getting access to your account would be highly undesirable. – user135384 Dec 31 '17 at 19:29

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