NFN Smith wrote:
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".
War doesn't determine who's right, just who's left.
Paul B. Gallagher
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