uBypass

uBypass

Bypasses any paywall or your money back

What is uBypass?

uBypass is a Firefox add-on that allows you to easily bypass paywalls on websites. By leveraging Google's cached search version of the site, uBypass displays the full article, providing free access to paywalled content. The code for uBypass is open source, inviting improvements from contributors.

Stats
Users: 324 ▼ -6
Rating: 3.00 (2)
Version: 1.5.1 (Last updated: 2023-10-18)
Creation date: 2023-05-07
Weekly download count: 3
Firefox on Android: No
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: High risk likelihood
Manifest version: 3
Permissions:
  • tabs
  • declarativeNetRequest
Size: 136.67K
URLs: Website
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Summary

To use: Pin the uBypass extension so it shows up on your browser toolbar, then on a paywalled webpage hit the button and it should open a new tab showing the full article. Allowing permissions to run on the page itself will help clean up the cached page and remove some blank elements where ads used to be (google doesnt save the ads so its just a big empty block).

How it actually works: Googles internet crawler goes through sites and indexes them. This info is used to give accurate search information. So when you google some article google knows about it and can return the appropriate webpage. To give the best search results these sites let google view the FULL article as opposed to the paywalled version consumers see. By accessing that cached google search version of the site we can display the full article bypassing the paywall. Original idea by 12ft.io

Also added some request blocking for simple js blocking if the site will load the article locally.

Code is all open source if anyone wants to help improve this with some fancier ui or other improvements. https://github.com/HoveringGoat/PaywallBypass

User reviews
I install it. I try using it on a New York Times article. Clicking the button leads me to a 404 error page. I have uninstalled it.
by Arrioche, 2023-06-02
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Safety
Risk impact

uBypass is risky to use as it requires a number of sensitive permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this add-on. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install uBypass if you trust the publisher.

Risk likelihood

uBypass may not be trust-worthy. Avoid installing if possible unless you really trust this publisher.

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