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5 Ways You Can Still Get Around the New York Times Paywall

Or you could just, like, pay for access.

(Photo: Labnol.org)

(Photo: Labnol.org)

You may have heard the devastating news that The New York Times has finally plugged the famous paywall loophole that allowed users to access more than their monthly allotment of articles. Once you used up your 10 free articles for the month, you could just delete the “?gwh=numbers” part of the URL to easily and freely access the story.

Sadly, the Times confirmed that they’ve officially put the kibosh on this notorious workaround. “We have made some adjustments and will continue to make adjustments to optimize the gateway by implementing technical security solutions to prohibit abuse and protect the value of our content,” Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy told New York magazine.

Lucky for you, there are still several workarounds you can employ in order to access premium content without paying for a subscription, but don’t say we forced you to take the cheap way out.

1. Google the headline 

This also works for the Wall Street Journal paywall. Google the headline, and click through from the Google search results page, and you should be able to read the story.

2. Use an incognito window in Chrome

Incognito windows let you browse the Web privately. Since cookies are deleted each time you close the window, you should be able to access stories to your heart’s content.

3. Search for the link on Twitter

Copy and paste the link into a Twitter search, and click through to the story from Twitter. Stories accessed via social media don’t count toward your article limit.

4. Use the NYClean bookmark

The NYClean bookmark is an easy way to skirt the paywall. When you hit a paywalled story, just click the bookmark, and it unblocks the story for you. Magic!

5. Quit complaining and pony up the $15 per month for quality journalism

Nobody likes to hear this option, but there is a reason the Times is the paper of record. Digital subscriptions for unlimited access to content on NYTimes.com and the NYTimes app cost $15 per month.

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