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Disclaimer: I just realized this question may read a little bit as if I'm trying to promote this site. I'm not. Now that I think about it, I'm unsure whether this site even has a proper license from content owners. I'm not in any way affiliated with the site in question.

I just bought a music album from http://www.soundike.com/.

When I created an account, I noticed that they said I would get two free songs simply by confirming my e-mail address. It was true, I clicked a link sent to my Gmail account, and I was then able to download two songs even before paying anything.

Out of curiosity, I then attempted to create a second account using my iCloud e-mail address. The only data the site asks for is my e-mail address and a password. I changed my passwords each time.

I did not receive any confirmation e-mail. (I also checked my spam folder.)

I figured they must be using cookies or my IP or something to prevent multiple accounts. So I activated a VPN and opened an Incognito window in Chrome. I then registered again, this time with an Outlook.com address. No registration e-mail came.

Puzzled by this, I launched Tor and tried to register again with a new Gmail address. No confirmation e-mail, even when accessing the site through Tor.

How could they achieve this? Could they be blocking connections that come from a VPN or Tor?

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    I am not sure it wil help but maybe you can give this a read? how do sites track you
    – Bomskie
    May 17, 2016 at 8:25
  • Many of my site registration mails on rediff used to go to spam by default. Why not check your spam folder?
    – Limit
    May 17, 2016 at 8:26
  • @Limit Yup, checked my spam folder in all cases, nothing.
    – Fiksdal
    May 17, 2016 at 8:26

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It is not based on IP address and I was able to create two accounts:

  1. Create an account using your gmail account
  2. Go to incognito mode and create an account using 10 minute mail. (There was a 10 minute delay between the two steps)

Mind you, you are gaming the system. It is ethically wrong.

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  • Interesting. I tried this, too. It worked the first time. I then noticed that I stay logged into the site even though I open a new incognito window. Surely that must be IP based? I mean Chrome isn't supposed to keep anything between sessions. The third time I didn't receive any email to my new 10 minute mail address.
    – Fiksdal
    May 17, 2016 at 9:39
  • What if you log out and then try this again?
    – Limit
    May 17, 2016 at 9:48
  • Yeah, tried it again now in a brand new incognito window. Logged out, used a new 10 minute mail address, no e-mail came. Even with Tor it doesn't work. Maybe all the Tor exit nodes have already been used for this, so they won't work.
    – Fiksdal
    May 17, 2016 at 9:56
  • I got one just now: [email protected] Registration Confirmation Dear Customer, Thank you for registering with S May 17, 2016 5:03:23 AM
    – Limit
    May 17, 2016 at 10:04
  • OK, so you have done it like 3 times in a row? All on the same IP?
    – Fiksdal
    May 17, 2016 at 10:04

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