Verified Member Status Requirements

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Gear For Sale' started by AA7BQ, May 19, 2019.

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  1. AA7BQ

    AA7BQ QRZ Founder Administrator Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    QRZ Swapmeet to Require Verified Members

    QRZ has been hosting an online ham radio swap list for more than 20 years. We've learned a lot over the years and we've seen an amazing variety of user interactions as a result. One of our principal concerns is user security and the prevention of online fraud. We can't solve these problems but we do genuinely believe that we can implement policies that have a dramatically positive effect towards user and system security.

    To that end, we are today announcing that as of June 1, 2019, all sellers on the QRZ Swapmeet must be enrolled in the Verified User program.

    For info on becoming verified, just go to your Account page from the main blue menu. is the direct link.

    The Verified Member program establishes your identity and protects your account from hacking. Verified User uses Two Factor Authentication (2FA) to keep your account safe, so much so that even if a hacker has your password, he/she cannot use it to gain access to your account because they have no access to the second factor (2FA). 2FA requires that in addition to your login password, that you supply a six digit, one time code to complete your login. These codes are produced by your cell phone using an authenticator App like Google Authenticator or, more recently, Authy, to generate the code. Alternatively, we can send you your login code by text message if you have a USA phone number (sorry, no international SMS at this time). This means that in order to be successful, a hacker must have your password and your smart phone, and the password to your smart phone. The authenticator apps are also available for PC/Mac systems so if you actually don't have a cell phone, you can still get into QRZ.

    Phase-In Timetable
    The Verified Member program will be phased into the QRZ Swapmeet with the following schedule:

    21 May 2019 - General Announcement (this message)
    1 June 2019 - Verified Users Requirements begin. Non-verified Members may still post, however, their listings will be marked with CAUTION.
    1 July 2019 - Phase-In completed. Non-verified users will not be allowed to post in the Swapmeet

    NOTE: Users may opt-out of the Verified user program for the rest of the QRZ site. This means that not having the Verified badge will only prevent you from posting new threads in the Swapmeet. Your privileges in other areas of QRZ, including the discussion forums, will remain unrestricted.

    Thanks to all for your understanding, and for helping us make QRZ a safe place to buy and sell amateur radio gear.

    73, -fred AA7BQ
    Last edited: May 27, 2019
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  2. W0FK

    W0FK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Looking at your 2FA signup, you provide use of Google Authentication, but not Authy or other apps. Will any other apps be added?

    73, Lou, W0FK

    editor: Yes, Authy is supported. The name Google Authenticator is just a placeholder. Any compliant 2FA generator will work once it has been seeded with an initial key from QRZ. -fred
    Last edited by a moderator: May 24, 2019
  3. AJ4GQ

    AJ4GQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great! Glad that's coming. Would it be possible that a verified seller also be required to post a public email on his home page? An astute unsolicited emails scammer could have a field day otherwise.
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  4. K3BH

    K3BH XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I was verified and then it stopped working. Rather than fix the problem, the administrator simply turned verification off. Has everything been fixed??

    73 Jay K3BH

    editor: When 2FA loses synchronization, as in the case when you change phones or reinstall the software, then the only way to get it restarted is by redoing the setup. If a user can't login because their 2FA is broken, the only 'fix' at our disposal is to turn it OFF for your account so that you may redo the installation and get it going again. Either way, it isn't broken at all. If it were easy, it wouldn't be secure. It's working perfectly.
    Last edited by a moderator: May 24, 2019
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  5. K9KEV

    K9KEV Ham Member QRZ Page

    I was hoping that one day everyone that uses this site would have to be verified.
    Keep up the great work.
    Kevin K9KEV
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  6. AH7I

    AH7I Ham Member QRZ Page

    What about old advertisements? I do not wish to be verified. I also do not wish my old postings to be marked "caution" or "unverified" or similarly. Such markings may be misinterpreted by someone who is not familiar with QRZ policies. This could discourage someone from purchasing a used piece of gear that I have advertised elsewhere.



  7. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Well, not so fast :)

    Anyone wanting to sell in the QRZ Swap Meet forums, beginning July 1, 2019 will have to be "Identity Verified" (beginning June 1 users will receive a warning if posting for sale items without being verified).

    But "Verified status" will NOT be required for the normal discussion forums.

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  8. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Old ads will be left - but marked as "canceled" if not already marked as "sold". How will QRZ define "Old"? That will be determined I'm sure by HQ when the time comes.

  9. KO6WB

    KO6WB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Well, I've looked (maybe not hard enough) and I can't find any way my PC can do this. It's great if you have a smart phone and all the apps I've seen require one, but I am probably one of a handful of folks in this world that doesn't have a smart phone (nor any other 1G-4G phone).
    So, can you be more specific on how to do this?
    Have fun
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  10. WR2E

    WR2E Ham Member QRZ Page

    @AA7BQ I wonder if it makes any sense that only verified users are able to view the email addresses of members public email address?

    That would put a bit of a hurtin' on users who are not verified, I'm sure a bunch of screaming and yelling would occur, but most of all would prevent scammers who obviously are NOW able to see those addresses from viewing and emailing their intended victims.

    I firmly believe that the scammosquitos are getting in through the screens and can view our email addresses. How else could they get them?

    P.S. Gary, you are not alone!
    pps: there are apps you can install on your computer to get the auth code.
    Last edited: May 22, 2019
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