Friday, October 28, 2011

Hack the New York Times Paywall
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  • New york times is one of the most read online websites, filled upto the brim with Breaking news, articles, opinions, advices, etc. But of late, they have implemented a pay wall system, where a person (read: A free user) can read only as much as 20 articles per month where as a subscribed user gets access to unlimited articles on the website.

    Many NYT readers have opposed this move and have decided to find a way to bypass the PayWall, to get unlimited access to New York Times.

    Hacking NYT to bypass the firewall is very simple. The easiest solution yet is to just clear your cookies. But an easier solution for solving this problem is when you are using your Google Chrome in Incognito mode.

    First of all, fire up your Google Chrome browser and Click on the settings button and click on the "New Incognito Window" option or just use the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+N to open a Chrome Incognito Window.

    Since every tab of Google Chrome runs in separate process (Look at your task manager when multiple tabs of Chrome are open), cookies of each tab are kept seperately, and they are removed when the tab is closed (with an exception to Login Cookies of Google accounts, Facebook, etc - which are removed only when the browser is exited from).
    All you need to do is to open nytimes on a new tab and start browsing the website till you reach the paywall. After that, close that current tab and open a new one, type the address of nytimes.com and then you can continue surfing, bypassing the NYT paywall!

    For some cases, if this method does not work, you always have the option of clearing your cookies (By going to Settings>Options>Under the hood>Clear Browsing Data - in Google Chrome). You now have new york times at your disposal!

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