Head over to Wikipedia today and you won”t find the random fact you were looking for. Instead, you”ll see a black page explaining why Wikipedia is currently unavailable.
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.
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.