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User Agent Nonsensery

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Privacy might be a concern for you as you browse the web. Probably. Go to to see what They can learn about you just from your browser. I’m learning PHP for my DTLT duties, and a test function echoes your User Agent String (which is what your browser sends containing all that information to web servers) like so (right under Hello World):

As you can see from my screenshot, I’m using Firefox 6 on Mac OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard or some such big cat). Now check out my next screenshot:

Here’s how to be a rebel like me:

  1. Get Firefox.
  2. Open Firefox.
  3. Go to Tools>Add-ons…
  4. Search for User Agent Switcher, install it and restart Firefox.
  5. Go to Tools. You should see something that says “Default User Agent” with a menu.
  6. Click “Edit User Agents”
  7. Create a new User Agent. You should see this —————————————–>
  8. Edit. F***ing. Everything. I typed “None of your business” for all of them.

If you go back to Trace My IP, you’ll see they can still see your city and ISP. Masking that, however, is a topic for another post.

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