Accessing Financial Times

I was browsing FT.com today, and was pretty annoyed with the subscription blockUIs that appeared in all the articles. After some tweaks, I was able to access FT.com content for free. Though I discovered multiple ways to fetch FT.com, this approach is the most elegant and robust -

  1. Install User Agent Switcher (for firefox).
  2. Change the user agent to Googlebot 2.1 (or any other search bot-yahoo/MSN). User agent configuration is available in Tools.
  3. Enjoy!
Don’t forget to change the user agent back to “Default User Agent” once you are done (though there will be little to no harm in browsing sites with User Agent as “Googlebot 2.1″).

Let me know in the comments if it works for you :)

Comments (1)

GautamNovember 15th, 2012 at 11:29 am

works!

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