Show me a 10ft paywall, I’ll show you a 12ft ladder.

I found this site, there you can bypass paywalls… what do you think about? Do i lose my Privacy frome one beast to only another one?

Arthur Besse
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fedilink
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From their heading “Show me a 10ft paywall, I’ll show you a 12ft ladder.” i was hoping this would be a sci-hub like site that let users with access share pages with people without access.

Sadly instead it is just using the Google cache, so, it can only bypass paywalls on sites that give google the whole text (where you could also just search google for the title of the article and click “cached version”). Vaguely useful, but you could also just have a bookmark with a keyword you could insert in the location bar before a paywalled url to do the same thing. I wonder how many IPs they need to use to keep from getting rate-limited by Google, and how they pay for the operation of this proxy, and why. I notice that they don’t have a privacy policy.

First time I tried it with wapo or nyt it said something like this page is blocked.

Jesse
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fedilink
34M

Yeah it’s a really basic implementation and most modern paywalls aren’t going down to this.

@Stephen304
admin
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fedilink
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I like this extension which works with a handful of big news sites: https://github.com/iamadamdev/bypass-paywalls-chrome - there’s a firefox build there too

Vegafjord eo
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fedilink
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Is it centralized?

Obviously yes

Jakob
creator
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fedilink
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i don’t know. got the hint in fediverse.

bookmarked

I just tried it on a few sites, and it works! Nice find!

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