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Mr. Bill:

--- Quote from: mountainmoma on October 22, 2016, 09:27:34 PM ---...Is this little file a look up table, and so you type in Survival Podcast into the browser and it then checks this file and goes to this IP address ?

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Yup, exactly.  Your computer always checks the hosts file first, and any domains not found there will be sent out for DNS lookup.  This is an ancient feature from the early days of the Internet.


--- Quote from: mountainmoma on October 22, 2016, 09:27:34 PM ---... And, if it isnt too complicated to explain, why can't the IP address just directly be typed in the search engine ?

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Because the first page you load has links to other files on the site (images, icons, CSS files, not to mention the links to threads, posts, etc).  The browser will try to get those from thesurvivalpodcast.com rather than from 206.190.141.186, and (if DNS is broken) it'll fail.


--- Quote from: Hurricane on October 23, 2016, 12:59:15 PM ---Does this work for the secure ( https ) version?

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Ummm.... I should try that. 8)

Hurricane:
I rarely go to the main podcast page. Usually I come straight to the (https) forum. In a DNS attack, will the links from the podcast page still work, or do we need a different IP for the forum page?

Thanks!

archer:

--- Quote from: Hurricane on October 25, 2016, 04:42:41 PM ---I rarely go to the main podcast page. Usually I come straight to the (https) forum. In a DNS attack, will the links from the podcast page still work, or do we need a different IP for the forum page?

Thanks!

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The ip is the same for the main page and the forum pages.

archer:

--- Quote from: Hurricane on October 23, 2016, 12:59:15 PM ---Does this work for the secure ( https ) version?

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good question. technically no since the cert is tied to the domain name, not the IP,  but i've not tried it. guess I'll test it tonight.

archer:

--- Quote from: archer on October 25, 2016, 05:29:18 PM ---good question. technically no since the cert is tied to the domain name, not the IP,  but i've not tried it. guess I'll test it tonight.

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so it works with setting the IP in the hosts file.

and if you go to the IP with https on the forum it works, but will complain (https://206.190.141.186/forum/index.php?topic=59026.new#new)

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