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Can Firefox pretend to be IE?
Kysmiley




msg:1590398
 12:10 am on Dec 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

Im using Firefox and loving it, but im running into a problem when going to certain sites that require security. I get the message back saying I need to be using IE 6.0 or later to view this site. Is there anyway to fool servers into thinking im using IE when im using FireFox?
Pat

 

tedster




msg:1590399
 12:37 am on Dec 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

It takes a browser extension, but they have been developed and are available. User Agent Switcher 0.6 is one example, download available on the Mozilla website:

https://update.mozilla.org/extensions/showlist.php?application=firefox&version=1.0&numpg=&category=Configuration

encyclo




msg:1590400
 12:40 am on Dec 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

You can use the User Agent Switcher, which will allow you to choose to send a user agent string which identifies the browser as IE6. However, if a website considers "security" as requiring IE only, I would wonder about their level of competence in that area...

Added: tedster was too quick! ;)

Kysmiley




msg:1590401
 1:07 am on Dec 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

I would have to agree with the leval of compatancy and this is a bank doing this so it scares me even more to see places like this with issues like this. thanks for the tip guys.
Pat

vkaryl




msg:1590402
 2:02 am on Dec 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

I use Firefox 1.0; the ONLY sites I'm having trouble of this nature with now are Microsoft (like THERE'S a surprise!) and the site for my husband's retirement program (State of Nevada, but while they can't be faulted for their investment strategies, they have NO CLUE otherwise....)

Even our totally antiquated credit union happily handles Firefox.... yes, Kysmiley, I'd worry about a BANK with this problem!

Robin_reala




msg:1590403
 12:57 am on Dec 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

Seeing as no-one else has pointed this out:

By showing your Fx as IE all you're doing is making the site less likely to sort their site out in the future, as their data will indicate a higher percentage of IE users than their actually is.

Orbite




msg:1590404
 5:36 pm on Dec 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

By showing your Fx as IE all you're doing is making the site less likely to sort their site out in the future, as their data will indicate a higher percentage of IE users than their actually is.

In that case, wouldn't be a good idea to temporary use a User Agent similar to this one :
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1) simulated by Mozilla Firefox to accomodate dumb UA detection scripts
?

Hanu




msg:1590405
 5:40 pm on Dec 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

ieview is a nice extension too. I surf with FireFox all the time and when I hit a site that doesn't work, I simply right click the page and select "View this page in IE". Convenient!

Robin_reala




msg:1590406
 10:14 pm on Dec 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

Orbite - if anyone actually looked at the raw logs then yes :)

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