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it said: You have entered an invalid username or password.

is there a typo somewhere?
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This is the second time you created a thread like this: free-access-consumer-reports-1117532/


As I mentored in the last thread, most Canadian libraries provide free access to the website of Consumer Reports. If you have a valid library card, go to your library's website and look at their online resources. There is a very good chance you'll be able to get free, legal access.
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FunSave22 wrote: This is the second time you created a thread like this: http://forums.redflagdeals.com/free-acc ... s-1117532/


As I mentored in the last thread, most Canadian libraries provide free access to the website of Consumer Reports. If you have a valid library card, go to your library's website and look at their online resources. There is a very good chance you'll be able to get free, legal access.

My apologies, I should have added this to the previous posts. I'll see if they can be merged.
This username and password does work and it's a legit library access.
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farfargurl wrote: it said: You have entered an invalid username or password.

is there a typo somewhere?

I just tried it and it still works.
I have relatives in the US and it's public knowledge that all libraries has free access to CR.
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trini_2_d_bone wrote: This username and password does work and it's a legit library access.
Are you sure this is legit?

It looks a lot like a stolen or shared user name and password. Which I doubt is acceptable to Consumer Reports.



Most Canadian libraries offer free access to the website and you don't need to go the library to access it. You can do it from anywhere and all you need is a library card.
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A quick search shows this is from a small US library who made the mistake of posting their username and password on their website.

http://www.elizabethtaberlibrary.org/


It's clear the login info is only supposed to be used by members of the library, and if it's abused by the entire Internet it'll just result in the login access being revoked.

Just use your own library card and get access through your own library.
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FunSave22 wrote: A quick search shows this is from a small US library who made the mistake of posting their username and password on their website.

http://www.elizabethtaberlibrary.org/


It's clear the login info is only supposed to be used by members of the library, and if it's abused by the entire Internet it'll just result in the login access being revoked.

Just use your own library card and get access through your own library.

It's not a mistake and the library posted the login for anyone to use. Quite a few libraries in the US has this policy. Look at the "Quick links" below you'll see which ones need a library card and which ones do not. Not sure how you came up this this info. How could you possible abuse a consumer report account when is free at almost every library? Go figure.

Quick Links:

SAILS Online Network - You will need your library card # & PIN number (typically the last four digits of your local phone number)
Consumer Reports - User Name: judiescat Password: Kodiak
Grolier Online - You will need your library card number
Apply online for a library card
America's News: Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more with the largest collection of full-text U.S. newspapers. Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate and other sections. (Clicking the link will will prompt remote patrons to enter their library card number in order to access information).
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FunSave22 wrote: Are you sure this is legit?

It looks a lot like a stolen or shared user name and password. Which I doubt is acceptable to Consumer Reports.



Most Canadian libraries offer free access to the website and you don't need to go the library to access it. You can do it from anywhere and all you need is a library card.

This is a very ignorant statement. How could it be stolen if the Library has it on their website?. I just logged in and it still works.
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It says "You have entered an invalid username or password." when I tried it 2 minutes ago.
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rvs007 wrote: It says "You have entered an invalid username or password." when I tried it 2 minutes ago.

Same for me.
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trini_2_d_bone wrote: This is a very ignorant statement. How could it be stolen if the Library has it on their website?. I just logged in and it still works.
If this posting is not for you, please move on.

What's listed on their website is old.

The log in information has been changed.

The website designer probably wasn't supposed to list it in the first place.

I'm sure their local clients are verbally told the proper info.
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RickDC wrote: Just tried this one and it worked:

https://www.ocps.net/lc/west/hoc/mediac ... fault.aspx
Or instead of using the login info from a Florida school board which likely didn't mean to post their login info to the entire internet, you could just get access from your local public library's website.


A quick check of your library shows that they offer free access to the website for anyone with a local library card. And the same will be true of most public libraries in Canada.

http://library.portmoody.ca/index.aspx?page=62
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excellent info in this thread.. always wanted access to CR, just didn't want to pay for a sub.
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does anyone know if you can access CR through the city of Mississauga library system. Can't find it on the website and no one at the city thinks its possible.
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The access via the library is now restricted. A lot of the ratings have been removed from when I looked a few months ago. =(
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tmx wrote: The access via the library is now restricted. A lot of the ratings have been removed from when I looked a few months ago. =(
What do you see that's missing?

The number of products reviewed from going through my library (Halifax) still seems quite large.
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Cyruscyrus wrote: does anyone know if you can access CR through the city of Mississauga library system. Can't find it on the website and no one at the city thinks its possible.

Weird, for Markham and Toronto you click on "online resources" and it shows up via search or in a list.

Mississauga's doesn't list consumer reports and the online resources seems pretty skimpy compared to Markham and Toronto. http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/reside ... edatabases

EDIT: here is the list for toronto http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/databases/

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