There are sites on the Internet that require registration for good reason (like WordPress), and there are others that require registration to track users or for some other unjustified reason. If you wanted to access something on a site that required a login, you would either not bother with the site and leave or sign up with fake credentials and a disposable email address. This is all quite pointless and annoying, especially if all you wanted to do was download one thing and never have anything to do with the site again.
BugMeNot.com exists because of this annoyance. It’s a site that has a list of login credentials that people are free to use as an alternative to signing up for a new account.
From the FAQ:
BugMeNot.com was created as a mechanism to quickly bypass the login of web sites that require compulsory registration and/or the collection of personal/demographic information (such as the New York Times).
Instead of going through all the details, I’ll just let you read the FAQ.
So, how does one use BugMeNot.com? From the tutorial:
STEP 1: Make a note of the website address your (sic) are trying to access. For example:http://www.nytimes.com/cnet/CNET_2100-1024_3-5567274.html
Or even just:www.nytimes.com
STEP 2: Visit http://bugmenot.com
STEP 3: Enter the address from step 1 into the box and press the “Get Logins” button
STEP 4: You should now be presented with at least one username and password. Make a note of them.
STEP 5: Go back to the site you were originally trying to access in step 1 and proceed to login with the username and password you noted in the previous step.
With any luck you should be able to access your article now!
(It seems that BugMeNot has something against the NYT)
You’re also free to submit your own fake login credentials if none of them work. Just make sure you don’t put your real account. If the site requires an email address, you’re encouraged to use a disposable email service, such as Mailinator
There are also various browser extensions that make logging in using a BugMeNot account easier. They are available for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, and few others (purportedly also Internet Explorer).
It’s all legal, too. If a site wants to opt out of BugMeNot.com, logins cannot be submitted for that site.
BugMeNot.com has been quite useful to me. Now go tell those sites who require accounts for no good reason to “BugMeNot”!