Are you reading the New York Times online? Are you now getting a message saying that you reached your monthly free article limit? A week ago, we explained the various loopholes in the paywall system that the New York Times has announced. Today is March 28th and that means the system is live today.
But even if you reached your limit, unless you want to buy a subscription, the system is quite easy to bypass.
The biggest flaw in the system is that the paywall message is not a webpage, but rather just an overlay lightbox. The article is still visible behind the box.
The number of articles you visited is actually recorded in a browser cookie, so simply clear your cookies, or just your cookies for nytimes.com and your article count gets reset again.
Use Private Browsing or Another Browser
Similar to deleting cookies, switching to private browsing mode or using another browser would use a fresh set of cookies so the article count would be 0 again.
Delete Query String
Not only is the message a lightbox, but it is activated by a query string in the URL. Simply head to your address bar and delete &gwh= and the string of characters afterwards. Hit Enter/Return and then the article will reload without the lightbox appearing.
For example, if the following was the URL of the article, the part highlighted in red should be deleted.
However, the query string will re-appear on your next article so you will need to repeat this process over and over.
Search Engines, Social Networks, and Blogs
As mentioned before, New York Times is allowing 5 articles daily when referred to from a search engine and unlimited articles from social networks and blogs. Learn how to bypass these loopholes by pretending to be Googlebot or using Twitter.
So what are your thoughts about this new paywall system? Are you willing to pay for it? Or are you just going to bypass it? Share your thoughts in the comments.