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Wikipedia anti-SOPA blackout bypass trick roils backers

Gregg Keizer | Jan. 19, 2012
A security company's advice on how to circumvent today's anti-SOPA Wikipedia blackout has roiled some users.

As Cluley mentioned, Wikipedia has published instructions on how to reach the site's content today. In an FAQ , Wikipedia told users they could disable JavaScript in their browser or visit the site's mobile version, noting, "The community has asked us to preserve emergency access options."

Chrome users, for instance, can disable JavaScript for Wikipedia by clicking on the wrench icon and selecting Options in Windows, or by choosing Preferences under the Chrome menu on a Mac. From there, click "Under the Hood" on the left, then click "Content Settings" under the Privacy heading. Next, click "Manage Exceptions" under JavaScript, enter "" in the box under Hostname Pattern, and finally select "Block" in the pull-down list at the right.

Cluley called the pending U.S. legislation "daft," and argued that it would not be effective in regulating content piracy.

"[My blog post] seems to have really roiled people, but I think anyone with the smarts to modify their browser, chances are they've heard about SOPA," Cluley added. "I don't think we're attempting to diminish Wikipedia's protest."

He said as much in a reply to one commenter on his blog.

"Telling people the way to get around the Wikipedia blackout is hardly saying we're pro-SOPA/PIPA," Cluley said. "And -- bonus! -- maybe some more folks now know how to better protect themselves against malware using NoScript."

NoScript , which runs only on Firefox, can be downloaded and installed from the add-on's website.

Wikipedia will return to normal at midnight ET.



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