During a DNS “takedown” a website is no longer accessible by domain name.
Luckily there is an emergency IP list full of popular websites with instructions how to use it below, as well as instructions which detail how to detect or “ping” a specific website in order to acquire its IP address or check if the website is still online.
SOPA Emergency IP Address list:
How to access your favorite websites in the event of a DNS takedown
1. It is first suggested to “ping” the initial IP address to make sure the IP address is correct, to acquire the correct IP address, or ensure the website is still online.
- Open Window’s start menu and type CMD into the search field, then press Enter.
- Once the Command Prompt is displayed type “ping IP Adress” containing the IP address of the website you wish to visit. For example Facebook would be “ping 188.8.131.52” to ensure this is the correct IP.
- You can even ping a website to acquire its correct IP address by typing the domain name into the Command Prompt. For example with Facebook, type “ping facebook.com” and you get replies from the correct IP addresses.