One Of The Downsides of Getting Verified on QRZ.com

Discussion in 'Stolen Radios, Scams and Rip-Offs' started by WA3LKN, Jun 13, 2019 at 1:44 AM.

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  1. WA3LKN

    WA3LKN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I think the 'verified' program for QRZ.com is a great idea, not only for making it hard for the Nigerian scamsters and others from accessing QRZ.com, but it's also good risk management for QRZ.com as a business.

    I don't have cell phone texting capability intentionally and on purpose, so to get verified on QRZ.com, their IT folks kindly referred me to "Winauth for Google" which, after fits and starts I was able to use. The two factor authentication occurs via a little program you download to your PC every time you want to use it that gives you a 6 digit code you enter into the QRZ log-in once a month. The Winauth program has to be linked to a google account as I understand it.

    So far so good.

    I used a g-mail address I'd had for years, just sitting there with no activity.

    Now that it's linked to 2 factor authentication, I've had dozens of spams that I never had before.

    Since I don't use g-mail for anything else, it's no big deal, but it shows you how your information is getting used.
     
  2. N4UP

    N4UP Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Sometimes great ideas work out well, and sometimes we have to make adjustments. Using Google for authentication was not an option for me, but I had a cell phone with texting, just didn't have a cell signal to work with at home. Had to buy and install a cell phone booster with outdoor yagi, and even then I only have a signal in part of the house, not in the radio room, and sometimes no where. And seems like QRZ has a short time limit before the code expires, no doubt not a problem for most people. But for me I have to get the code at one end of the house then run to the radio room before the code expires. But at least I am not being spammed any more than normal ( isn't is sad that we think of getting spam as "normal" ).
     
  3. KV6O

    KV6O Ham Member QRZ Page

    There are other options besides Authenticator, and you don't need cell service (unless you're trying for txt's on a cell phone). You can even use Google Voice and receive txts that way if you must, no cell phone or service needed, only a web browser. But using a 2FA app is probably easiest.
     

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