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BugMeNot

Friday, October 6th, 2006 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet
 
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BugMeNot

It used to happen to me everyday. I would click on a link leading to some article on a Web site and it turned out that the Web site required me to log in just so I could view the article. Isn’t that frustrating?! All you want to do is view one article and to have to create a new login ID, validate your e-mail address and then login to the Web site is just so time consuming. By the time you’re done, you don’t even want to read that one article anymore!

It doesn’t finish there either. Many times when you give your e-mail address to different Web sites for registration purposes, they often use it to spam you. This kind of thing would make even the calmest of Web surfers turn as mad as a WWE wrestler.

Thankfully, there’s a very clever solution to all of this and I promise you’re going to love it. This service is called BugMeNot. BugMeNot is a Web site where many people like you and me can come together and contribute to a huge database of login IDs and passwords that could be shared among many more people. This is beneficial in that everyone does not have to sign up for a new account every time they want to access a Web page. Sounds cool, doesn’t it?!

Okay, so how does it work? Say you want to read an important article about the 12 step weight loss program you are interested in, but you simply don’t want to sign up for any new publications. Well, that’s no problem! You just need to go to BugMeNot.com. In the little box they have provided on the main page, you can enter the Web site for which you want the log in for.

For most of the popular Web sites, BugMeNot usually gives you multiple usernames and passwords as search results. It also tells you the success rate of each log in. You also have the option to vote whether a particular log in worked for you or not. If a particular log in does not work for you, it’s preferable to vote against it so that other people don’t have to go through the same trouble.

As you can see above, the interface of the Web site is extremely user friendly and simple. A typical search does not take too long to produce results.

Once you get ahold of a username and password combination that works for you, you can use it to log in to the Web site. This is much easier than signing up for a new account that you’re never going to use again, right?!

BugMeNot has a database of log in IDs for more than 1,25,000 Web sites. However, in spite of this, there are going to be many smaller Web sites that you may not find a log in for. In this case, do everyone a favor and sign up for a new account with that particular Web site. If you do this, you will increase the chances of it being featured on BugMeNot. Also, of course, do remember not to use any of your personal information in your username or password. You are going to be submitting that to a public database, so it’s best to keep it to yourself.

If you use Firefox, there’s an even quicker and much easier way for you to use this service. You can simply install the BugMeNot Firefox extension. Once you install the BugMeNot extension, logging into different Web sites is simply a matter of right clicking the login field as you can see in the screenshot below.

All you have to do is right click and select the option that says “Login with BugMeNot.” Once you click the option in the right click menu, it quickly accesses the server and automatically inserts the login details for that Web site. This is much easier than the whole sign up, validation, log in ordeal, don’t you think?!

Lastly, if you are a Webmaster and you don’t want the login information for your Web site to be listed on BugMeNot, you can always go ahead and report your Web site to the BugMeNot creators so they can remove any logins for your site from their database. This service is beneficial in many ways for everyone. The user doesn’t have to sign up for unnecessary accounts and put themselves at risk to be a target of spam and Webmasters and site owners don’t have to deal with all of those extra user accounts that people create. Check it out!

Visit BugMeNot here.

~ Yogesh Bakshi

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