I work for a company that provides internet to the users through proxy servers located in the USA and Switzerland, which results in all kinds of inconveniences, of which the most annoying is the fact that just can't log on to Google without using my IT Helpdesk powers to circumvent the proxy, which implies disconnecting from the company LAN. Google will block any attempt of signing in from the locations of the proxy servers. I'm not going to give the damned thing my phone number, and I'm not going to change my password each time I want to log on. I've recognized those sign-in attempts countless times, but the thing won't understand that if I've recognized them before, I might want them to stay recognized.

I've looked at the help pages and they keep saying there are options to turn this off. I don't see these options. One says there's a button below the recent activity list. There's none that I can see. One guy wrote that if I go to the bottom of the main Gmail page... OK, I stopped right there. I don't have a Gmail account.

It's not even that I can't log on to Google, but that I can't log on to anything that uses Google credentials, like this site. How do I solve this?

  • Have you enabled two factor authentication?
    – daxlerod
    Oct 17, 2013 at 18:50
  • Can you provide urls to the articles mentioned in your question?
    – BrianAdkins
    Oct 17, 2013 at 18:50
  • @daxlerod It is off if you mean what Google calls a 2-step verification. To turn it on, as I understand, I would need to give Google my phone number, and I'd rather die.
    – ymar
    Oct 17, 2013 at 18:51
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    I am pretty sure every Google Account comes with a Google Mail Account automatically. You could always use Google Voice and use the Google Voice smart phone application, to recieve the text messages that are sent out. I am pretty sure you can also use the Google Authenticator
    – Ramhound
    Oct 17, 2013 at 18:53
  • You're being a bit dramatic. I'm talking about the code generator. You don't even have to use their implementation of the app. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Authenticator
    – daxlerod
    Oct 17, 2013 at 18:54

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I don't know which proxy servers you use, but at our office we have a proxy toolbar by geoedge that allows us to disable the proxies on Google sites so we don't need to login all over everytime time we change proxy location.

  • Unfortunately, it is against company policy to install anything not approved by the corporation. It is also policy that while connected to the company network, we cannot disable proxies. We cannot choose the servers either.
    – ymar
    Oct 29, 2013 at 15:27

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