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strange Spying by the google network - its checking my VPN

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December 26, 2017 at 02:07:46
Specs: windows 8, 2.793 GHz / 4 gig
I been using Opera browser VPN - I use youtube alot - why after 5 weeks suddenly google sends it spies or something - it came up with this message after I typed youtube into the google search engine -

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Our systems have detected unusual traffic from your computer network. This page checks to see if it's really you sending the requests, and not a robot. Why did this happen?

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Time: 2017-12-26T09:59:25Z

-------------------------------------------- Does thin mean
that Google is Not Happy that Im using VPN ? is google spying on me ???

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December 26, 2017 at 03:40:09
Google is not "spying" on you, it just needs to know that you are not a robot.

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December 26, 2017 at 08:26:06
All traffic going through a VPN endpoint looks like it comes from the endpoint, and from Google's standpoint, something looks shady about that endpoint. Either it's because the amount of traffic going through the endpoint tripped some threshold, or because someone else on that VPN endpoint is doing something shady.

As for why Google cares, well, two reasons. First, YouTube is owned by Google. Second, you're using Opera, which is a re-skinned Chrome. The box that shows up when you're typing a website? That's pulled from Google, which is why you can get away with just typing "youtube".

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December 26, 2017 at 21:32:27
They are making sure that you are not a bot or using one, doing commercial stuff (spying or collecting data on sites or other users) disguised as a non-commercial user, typically for sale to others.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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December 30, 2017 at 07:47:42
I could be wrong about my understanding of a bot but why would a “bot” be randomly “visiting” youtube anyway? I don’t see the commercial benefit of that. I would think that a bot would be primarily used for monitoring and artificially replying to “incoming” traffic to a website. Which would then validate his concern regarding Google “spying”. I’ve always felt that Google oversteps privacy barriers at times as well and maybe whatever he is choosing to veiw on youtube has raised a red flag. Not that its anyones business what this man chooses to veiw, including Google. Just my opinion. Thanks.

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December 30, 2017 at 08:32:40
Well, there's two sides of this. First is from the viewing side. Google and YouTube are advertising companies. There's a vested interest in making sure there are human eyeballs that are actually looking at the advertisements. Partly because their customers, the brands advertising on their site, demand proof of such, and partly because Google wants to keep the system gaming to a minimum, since they have to pay a part of the ad revenue to the video uploader.

Second, from the uploading side, they want to prevent their service from being overrun by video spam. They're not always successful. See for an example, but with a "think of the kids" angle.

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