It’s pretty much the case these days that for the majority of things you do on the internet, you are required to create some form of account which asks for email addresses and names, even for the most innocuous of things. You might click on a link to read a newspaper or magazine or website article and it asks you to create an account to be able to read it fully. Similarly several eCommerce sites want a full name, address and email account before they will even give you an idea of the item’s shipping cost.
The list of sites that want your details even if you’re going to be visiting only for a minute or two is endless, but of course private or invite only sites and those which offer paid services such as movie streaming you can fully understand needing an account. Quite often an easy way is to use fake personal name and address details, then use a temporary disposable email address so you don’t get spammed but you have somewhere your account activation emails can be sent to temporarily.
A simpler way to get around not having to register on a website yourself with real or fake details, is to use someone else’s details that they have willingly shared with you. Just enter the supplied user name and password and off you go. Here’s some useful sites that do just that and offer shared login details that someone else has created for a website but you are free to use as well.
BugMeNot is one of the original and longest running websites with the intention of allowing you to quickly bypass the logins of web sites that require registration and/or the collection of your personal information. All of the usernames and passwords listed on BugMeNot are added by users which obviously has its good and bad points. Good in that people can quickly add logins they have newly created themselves or found, bad if somebody is intentionally being mischievous and inserting fake information. As each site listed usually has multiple logins to choose from, if the first doesn’t work, try the next one.
To find a login for a website, just visit BugMeNot, type the website address into the box and click on the “Get Logins” button. If a website match is found, it will then present you with a list of logins found with username, password and although not easily visible, the success rate percentage in red text. This is obviously through other users clicking on the Yes/No buttons to the right depending on their success in using the same login. If you see a low percentage of success rate, chances are it won’t work and is probably not worth your time in trying to use it.
Before any users reading this think they can log into some websites such as pay-per-view tv or movies, banking or e-commerce websites which require users to pay money to access the site, think again. That’s not how it works and any site can be blocked from the BugMeNot system by simply submitting a request form. This does at least tell us BugMeNot is not a website that shares hacked accounts and is there just to try and make life a little bit easier for us. Currently BugMeNot says it has logins for around 450,000 websites.
There is the possibility to use Opera, Firefox or Chrome extensions so they integrate into your browser and can automatically enter a login when you visit a supported website. The Firefox plugin simply requires you to right click on a use name or password field and click “Login with BugMeNot”. The Chrome BugMeNot Lite plugin seems a lot more sophisticated and offers a drop down of the available logins which can be filtered to remove those below a certain success percentage, accessible from the plugin options window.
Sadly the amount of joy we had trying logins for various websites was very low and BugMeNot seems to be far less successful these days than it was a few years back. Even using the Chrome plugin to cycle through the whole list of logins for a website proved very limited in how many actually worked. Still, as contributions are added all the time it depends on how quickly and how good the information submitted by users is which decides how likely you are to get the required login.
2. Share Your Pass
This website is very similar in its operation to BugMeNot but has a few crucial differences. Firstly although it’s community driven and anyone can contribute logins for websites, they are only added or updated by a team of contributors who process new logins and update or remove those not working. This does mean there are fewer available logins which might not be updated as quickly if they’re broken, but does hopefully mean those that are there have a higher chance of successfully being used.
Another difference from BugMeNot as you can tell from the screenshot is the welcome inclusion of a simple browse function where you can click through different categories and view thousands of different sites in the database, or simply search if you know what you’re looking for. When you get to the page for the site you’re after you’ll notice there are fewer available logins because they are constantly updated or removed if broken. Simply click on “Click here to view login” to uncover the information underneath.
A link to the website the logins are for is displayed and also if these login credentials are accepted on other domains or websites, they will be listed below the login results. Share Your Pass also has an official Google Chrome extension that gives the available logins when you visit a supported website, just click on the icon and press Use This to enter the details into the login fields on the page.
Share Your Pass seemed to be quite successful when we tried a number of random websites, certainly far more worked than didn’t. The Chrome extension also seems to work pretty well and as intended, and if there’s a broken login you can simply click the button to report it or submit your own for review. Like BugMeNot, it only includes free open registrations and not those of a private or restricted nature.
This website is also worth a brief mention but seems to have a few troubles. These are mainly that several of the available login result pages seem to be loaded with either spam entries or profanity filled fake entries which isn’t a great thing to see. The list of websites on the front page is listed by points which presumably is the amount of successful votes and does look a little confusing.
Having said that though, the success rate seems to fall in between BugMeNot and Share Your Pass so it’s definitely worth keeping around if the others don’t have the login you want, just keep it away from kids or the easily offended in case you come across some of the less appetizing entries.