How to beat the Wikipedia blackout
Bring the facts back with one quick change to your browser settings
The English-language version of the website has been taken down for 24 hours in protest against two anti-piracy laws currently being debated by the US Congress.
But although Wikipedia is hidden behind a blackout page for the day, it's not completely disappeared.
One page of the site remains accessible - an article which explains what the protest is about and what the anti-piracy bills (known as Sopa and Pipa) could mean for internet users.
On that page, Wikipedia also explains how others can join the protest and states, "Our purpose here isn't to make it completely impossible for people to read Wikipedia, and it's okay for you to circumvent the blackout. We just want to make sure you see our message."
As Wikipedia says, there are ways to continue using the site today and it's actually very easy to do so. For one thing, Wikipedia has not blacked out its mobile version - so if you run a search on a smartphone with internet access, you can browse the site in full.
Cluley goes on to show how Firefox users can get around the blackout using the NoScript add-on.
But if you're on Internet Explorer, it's just as easy to get back into Wikipedia. First, open up the 'Internet options' box. In IE9, this means clicking on the Tools icon at the top right of your window, then clicking on Internet options.
Now click on the Security tab and click on the Restricted sites icon. Click on the Sites button to open the Restricted sites window. Type http://en.wikipedia.org into the box at the top (if you're on the Wikipedia page, this will already be filled in).
Now click the Add button, then Close, then OK. And that's it. Adding Wikipedia to your list of restricted sites blocks it from running scripts, so all those handy facts are once again at your fingertips.
All the facts: why Wikipedia has shut down today
Why is a site like MSN undermining a perfectly justified protest.
Apart from the fact it's just rude, it's also harming M$ credibility
If you actually clicked on the learn more part of the blackout page, Wikipedia gives clear instructions on how to bypass the page. They are not trying to stop you accessing Wikipedia just raise awareness of the bill.
MSN sorry but this is a pointless article.
It is a very sad day when, a trusted and a well respected site like MSN, has decided to be very selective in allowing people to comment. They have decided in their own wisdom or through political pressures, to stop people commenting on very serious and important issues, such as; unemployment, our constant interference in other countries affairs, Euro problems, Bankers bonuses and most importantly--the dismemberment of NHS through devious means by the current government.
For the last two months, we have been deprived from voicing our concerns in an open forum. One can comment on silly topics like Eastenders or on some one who you have not heard before.
MSN missing the point completely here!?
Hey I've found a way around the protest in Iran as well, SHOOT THE PROTESTERS!
Nik Taylor you should be ashamed!
This is a copy and paste job from msn.
typical lazy msn journalism.
stick to providing email services.