Paul in Houston, TX wrote:
Mozilla User wrote:
First YouTube, then YahooMail, now I will soon no longer be able to
track my packages
through USPS using SeaMonkey.
When on the USPS using SeaMonkey, I get this message:
Alert: As of April 30, USPS.com will no longer support outdated
browsers. To continue
access, you may need to upgrade your browser. Read more ›
Add a new UA string.
My SM works just fine. YouTube works, YahooMail works.
More than likely my SM will continue to work with USPS.
I sent a package last week and have been tracking it.
I don't get the message that you get.
I checked the offered link, which leads to
https://www.usps.com/browser-check/. On that, the oldest Mozilla
browser listed is 58.0.1 -- not even 57.0. Thus, it means that Firefox
52 ESR isn't going to be supported, either.
A couple of considerations on spoofing:
- If you spoof the browser, it also changes the User Agent heading in
the email. I use the Display Mail User Agent extension, and Paul, your
posting shows that it was done with Firefox, rather than a mail client.
- The standard UA string for Seamonkey 2.49.2 is:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:52.0) Gecko/20100101
I suspect that if you change this string to show "Firefox/59.0", that's
probably enough to make the warning go away. It's likely that the
sniffing is only looking for the specific Firefox version, and ignoring
the rest of the string, including that you're actually running Seamonkey.
For spoofing, it's certainly possible to change the settings in prefs.js
or user.js, although I'm not sure what the effect would be if you
prefs.js, and then upgrade to a later version of Seamonkey. It's likely
that you may have to edit, to reflect the newer version.
For spoofing (and I do it a lot, for a number of reasons), my preference
is to use an extension. User Agent Switcher and PrefBar are both quite
workable. Personally, I find PrefBar a little easier to use, and I also
like some of the additional capacities that PrefBar gives me.
To me, the key thing about using an extension is that it allows me to
change user agents on the fly, and then switch back to the standard one
when the need has passed. Besides the noted effect on user agent
handling in the mail client, I sometimes may spoof more than one agent
at a particular site -- I have an archive of downloaded software that I
use for tech support, and some sites are aggressive about doing browser
sniffing for what platform you're running, and then offering *only* the
download that matches what they find. Thus, running from Windows, if I
want Mac or Linux versions, I have to spoof the UA. UA spoofing is also
good for testing my web site, particularly in verifying that the site is
correctly rejecting bot traffic that displays UAs from browsers that
were never valid -- on my site, I see a lot of traffic purporting to be
from "Firefox 40.1".
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