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About User Agent extensions

Unread postby rbguy » Thu, 11 Jan 2018, 12:55

Newbie here again. I was checking out Pale Moon with my VPN (VPN Gate/Open VPN) and have an issue that I haven't been able to resolve.
The user agent switching extension that I use on Firefox to mask my browser info, OS, etc., when using the VPN...... and other similar extensions.... are not available.
I get a message that says "This add-on requires a newer version of Firefox (at least version 52)........" when I try to add the extensions to PM.

I use https://ipleak.net/ to check for leaks sent out while using the VPN.
There are no other leaks, only the user agent information about browser and OS.

How can I prevent this while using PM with VPN?

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Re: About User Agent extensions

Unread postby Isengrim » Thu, 11 Jan 2018, 13:02

Which extension? Have you checked for older versions? There might be an older version available that is compatible with Pale Moon that might still work for you.
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Re: About User Agent extensions

Unread postby rbguy » Thu, 11 Jan 2018, 13:38

User-Agent Switcher. I didn't find any older versions.

https://mybrowseraddon.com/useragent-switcher.html

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Re: About User Agent extensions  Topic is solved

Unread postby Isengrim » Thu, 11 Jan 2018, 17:27

Looks like there's a few versions of that add-on on AMO, and they're all either SDK or WebExtension style add-ons, which won't be compatible with Pale Moon.

I personally use User Agent Switcher, which is older and doesn't have as large a list of predefined user agents, but you can easily add them yourself.
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Re: About User Agent extensions

Unread postby rbguy » Thu, 11 Jan 2018, 17:47

Isengrim, Thanks for the suggestion. I installed it and it looks good. :thumbup:

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Re: About User Agent extensions

Unread postby Isengrim » Thu, 11 Jan 2018, 18:56

Glad I could help! :D
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Re: About User Agent extensions

Unread postby fillerup » Sun, 14 Jan 2018, 02:29

Isengrim wrote:I personally use User Agent Switcher, which is older and doesn't have as large a list of predefined user agents, but you can easily add them yourself.

can you suggest a few to use? i'm not sure what the optimal ones to apply would be

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Re: About User Agent extensions

Unread postby Isengrim » Sun, 14 Jan 2018, 11:48

fillerup wrote:can you suggest a few to use? i'm not sure what the optimal ones to apply would be

Depends on what you want to spoof. This site lists some of the more popular ones (the list is dynamically updated):

https://techblog.willshouse.com/2012/01 ... er-agents/
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Re: About User Agent extensions

Unread postby New Tobin Paradigm » Sun, 14 Jan 2018, 15:14

Pale Moon has a facility to use targeted site specific user agent overrides for situations where changing the UA is unavoidable.. Use it don't use primitive global user agent switchers..
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Re: About User Agent extensions

Unread postby Walter Dnes » Sun, 14 Jan 2018, 17:20

New Tobin Paradigm wrote:Pale Moon has a facility to use targeted site specific user agent overrides for situations where changing the UA is unavoidable.. Use it don't use primitive global user agent switchers..

I use that facility, in conjunction with "user.js" http://kb.mozillazine.org/User.js_file I have one master file in directory "~/.moonchild productions/pale moon", with symlinks as "user.js" in each of my profiles. Make a change once, and it propagates to all profiles. Is there an equivalant to symlinks in Windows? Advantages over extensions
  • with extensions you have to download+install the same extension into each separate profile
  • with extensions you have to set the UA in each separate profile
  • "user.js" can set/create ANY valid "about:config" entry, not just UA strings
The only downside is that, because of how user.js interacts with the browser, changes don't take effect until you shut down and restart that profile.
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Re: About User Agent extensions

Unread postby New Tobin Paradigm » Sun, 14 Jan 2018, 17:22

One should not be manually creating or editing things in the user profile. A warning.
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Re: About User Agent extensions

Unread postby Walter Dnes » Sun, 14 Jan 2018, 17:37

New Tobin Paradigm wrote:One should not be manually creating or editing things in the user profile. A warning.

Is this something specific to Pale Moon due to how far Firefox has drifted away? The Mozillazine article doesn't have such a warning. I'm not being deliberately argumentative here. I'm interested in knowing what, if any, problems I might run into.
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