Are you the sort of good Samaritan that shares their Netflix password with friends and family? Well we have great news for you today.
DoNotPay is a service that provides legal advice by way of a bot powered by artificial intelligence. The service is rather cool and we recommend browsing through to see what is possible with an AI bot.
But we’re not here to talk about the greatness of AI, but rather the password sharing we mentioned.
You will need to be running Google Chrome (but Brave seems to be working as well) and install the DoNotPay extension for your browser.
You will need to register on the DoNotPay website. Enter your mobile number and enter the verification number you are sent. You will need to enter your credit card details which at first can seem concerning.
As far as we can tell this is for pre-paid credit cards and paying for the service should you make use of it successfully. That payment amounts to $3 (~R47.71) if you use the legal services and are successful.
There is no charge for using the subscription sharing service.
Then you can head to the subscription service of your choosing. We say Netflix but the way the extension works, you can head to Spotify, Showmax, Amazon Prime Video or any other service you want to share.
Click the DoNotPay extension icon and hit “Generate Link”. That link can then be shared with your friends who will be able to log into your Netflix account without knowing your actual password.
The person you are sharing the link with will need the DoNotPay extension as well. This is so that the account owner can control who has access.
So how does this all work?
Speaking with VentureBeat, DoNotPay founder Joshua Browder explained that the service works by way of a secure transfer of a logged-in session by encrypting cookies for that session.
“DoNotPay does not store the cookies or have access to them,” Browder told VentureBeat.
“We use VGS [Very Good Security], which provides encryption and PCI II compliance and is trusted by many fintech companies. The cookies are also encrypted in transit and can only be seen by the people you are sharing them with,” Browder added.
Of course, you will need to check the terms and conditions for the service you’re sharing your password for to insure you aren’t breaking those.
In cases such as Netflix however, where multiple profiles can be set up for families, DoNotPay’s solution is rather elegant.
And for somebody like me I won’t have to recite a password containing a mix of special characters, letters and numbers to my parents every time they forget the password.