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Do you spoof your user-agent string?
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bark_bark_bark

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PostPosted: Thu 10 Apr 2014, 17:22    Post subject:  Do you spoof your user-agent string?
Subject description: If you don't, you should!
 

I do it using a Fx extension called Random Agent Spoofer. I have it set to Lynx 2.8.7 (OpenBSD)

I also have these setting set (in the extension):
Send spoofed 'If-None_Match' headers (ETags)
Send spoofed 'X-Forwarded-For' headers
Send spoofed 'Via' headers

Spoof accepted documents
Spoof accepted encoding
Spoof accepted language (US English)

Use standard font set
Disable local dom storage
Limit tab history to 2
Disable browser cache
Disable geolocation
Disable link prefetching
Disable dns prefetching

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8-bit


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PostPosted: Fri 11 Apr 2014, 12:48    Post subject:  

You show how you did it, but you do not expand on why one should spoof their user-agent string.
A little further information would help in what it does.
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PostPosted: Fri 11 Apr 2014, 13:56    Post subject:  

I use fixed spoofing...examples..

google search gives results without a ton eof javascript if it thinks you are ff 1.5
You tube , paypal and similar stop moaning when you use an older browser.
Some video sites will give you a mp4 to play rather than flash if it thinks you are android.
One video site gave a download link if it thought i was on windows.

etc etc...its useful...it was suggested it might make a good security measure if a dodgy site was given false system data so it tried exploits that could not work.

mike
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PostPosted: Fri 11 Apr 2014, 22:05    Post subject:  

sites can fingerprint your browser so throwing them off can be a plus for your privacy
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