Browser "User Agent"
From another thread: "I have my mozilla firebird user-agent set to IE" - i like i
(1) UserAgent Extension for Firebird (texturizer.net)
One of the reasons to change a Browser's user agent string is because some sites will not allow access to non-IE browsers even when a Gecko or KHTML based browser will read the content just fine. This is true of several large banks (although it is less of a problem now than a year ago).
Okay then, but what happens when you spoof the user agent to pretend it's IE, and you come across a page that truly requires IE (e.g., uses an ActiveX control). Does your computer burst into flames?
Nothing happens. Mozilla sees the object tag and ignores it.
Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Actually, the OBJECT tag is not being ignored, but rather Mozilla has no handler for its source and/or content, which is equally fine. If people were to incorporate alternative content just inside the OBJECT (as its meant to be), Mozilla would happily display it.
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If you do consistently change the User Agent though you may not be getting the best out of the browser since a page may sniff on the basis of the User Agent alone and assume your browser can't do what it actually can.
Yeah, why bother with the user-agent setting when you can just run IE on that particular URL?
This is a common problem for the Opera browser since so many sites support only IE/Netscape. Its a frequent topic on the Opera forums when some new user tries to access financial/colleges/macromedia/microsoft web sites.
It's a shame that a hack like browser-spoofing has to be used due to a poorly written browser sniffing script. I understand the need for such scripts in *certain* situations i.e. dependency on ActiveX etc, but it still an inelegant hack. Surely, they could allow the user to "continue at their own risk" (i.e. warn them but allow unsupported access) rather than barring them at the gates...
Sites like banks require IE as a user agent because it's the only browser that they bothered to test on & they have pretty strict confidentiality & security requirements.
it was because of an online bank; just haven't bothered to make a rule of that site or to change it back. And as that is quicker than writing this message, that just shows how lazy I am...
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Just run Junkbuster as a proxy, and you can easily set it to whatever you like. From home it looks like I am using using telnet to read website. I hope it confuses a few admins/web designers.
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