Get into free sites without registering

Are you tired of having to register on a free website just to read a news article or view some pictures of your relatives? Rather than registering on such sites (and risking a barrage of annoying spam), many people forget about the news item or put off seeing how their nieces and nephews are doing until their next holiday.

But I have an easy way to get members-only content without enduring the hassle of signing up for an account. Whenever family and friends send me links to registration-required sites, I turn to BugMeNot (bugmenot.com) to slip past most of these requirements. BugMeNot is a free site that stockpiles user-generated account log-ins and passwords so that users don’t have to provide their own personal info.

If you use Internet Explorer, go to the BugMeNot website and type in the URL of the site that you’d like to log in to. BugMeNot will return a list of user names and passwords that you can use to log in successfully.

The BugMeNot Firefox Extension automates the service for Firefox users. On the installation page (tinyurl.com/2rvk7s), click Add to Firefox. Click Accept and Install, and a new window will open. When it does, click Install Now. Then restart Firefox.

After you install the BugMeNot extension, the next time you encounter a required log-in prompt for a free site, right-click the user-name or email address box and select Login with BugMeNot. Repeat the process if the initial attempt doesn’t work; the plug-in might have used old information the first time around. Otherwise, you should slide into the registration-required content without a hitch.

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