Ever been to a website like The New York Times and had to register before you could access the contents the site made available to you? Of course, you can register a fake account using a disposable email address (likeYopmail). But there are many people who do that, so why not have a database with these kinds of fake accounts?
This is exactly what Bugmenot is made for. You can search for the name of a website or address, and the site will give you logins (if there are any) for that website that you can use to browse its contents. Of course, you can also submit your dummy accounts to this site so other people can use them to access a site's contents without having to register first.
Even better is the fact that Firefox users can make use of the Bugmenot Extension which is really easy to use. You just right click on an login form and then select "Login with Bugmenot" and the extension automatically looks for login data on the bugmenot website.
And if an account doesn't work, the extension will try out the next account until you are logged in or until there are no more accounts to try out. This site and the extension saved me allot of hassle on different occasions, and hopefully it will also be the same for you.
If you are using a different web browser you can alternatively make use of the Bugmenot bookmarklet which should work in Internet Explorer, Chrome, Opera and most other modern browsers that are currently available on the market. Just click on the bookmarklet when you are on a website that you want to log in without registering an account for. The website lists the bookmarklet on the main page.
The bookmarklet opens a small popup window that is displaying the search results for that domain, so that you can go through all available accounts that it lists until you find one that is working for you.
Users can vote for logins that are posted on the site to inform other users whether the logins are working or not. A success rate is displayed here with the most successful logins displayed on top. It is therefore recommended to start using those first before you work your way down the list if the first attempts to not work out for you.
You should remember that anyone with access to the site can use the logins, so that you should refrain from sharing personally identifiable information when you are using the accounts.
Update: The bookmarklet appears to be no longer available.
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