Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Getting Around the NYT Paywall

Man, it's been forever since I posted to this. But school is basically out, and I've got some time again. So, here goes a quick tip that I just found useful.

The NYT moved to a paid subscription model a while ago (2nd time), which was unfortunate for me, since I'm poor as hell. But, there's ways around it, which I've just now stumbled across. Here goes:

Clear your cookies.

I was surprised by this one, as it's really simplistic. I would have thought they'd at least use IP addresses.

Stop the Page

Also very simplistic; But it works. Just stop the page from loading before the paywall overlay pops up.

And lastly:

Remove everything past the &gwh= part of the url

There was a bit of javascript you could paste into the url as well, but that didn't seem to work the one time I tried it real quick. Regardless, all 3 of the above methods work perfectly fine. Personally, I'm a bit surprised just how little effort went into securing content. Especially considering that it allegedly cost them $40-50 million to create. I imagine they'll tighten up security eventually, but until then, enjoy!