BugMeNot.com offers a collection of login names and passwords for the many free sites that require users to register in order to access their information and services. Thus, if you want to look at a news story on a members only site, you no longer have to provide personal information about yourself to gain access. Simply install the free extension for Firefox or Internet Explorer. When you visit a site that asks for a login and password, right click in the login form and select "BugMeNot". It will automatically fill in the first login and password it finds in the BugMeNot database so you can enter the site. (If you don't want to use the extension, the BugMeNot.com web site will let you manually search for a login and password for the site you want to access.)
If there is no login and password for your deisred site in the BugMeNot database, it asks you to create one and then share it with the database so that future users won't have to do so. This means that as more people use BugMeNot, the list of sites that it will work with will continue to grow. Currently there are over 55,000 web sites in the BugMeNot database.
This is a great way to avoid giving out personal information about yourself (or if you are like me, save you the hassle of inventing fake info) and will help prevent you from getting spam from all of those sites that require your email address. It is NOT, however, intended as a way to let people steal fee-base services and the tool is not supposed to work with web sites that charge money.