Overriding the user-agent

# What is the user-agent?

User-agent is like a signature of your browser. With the user-agent, a website knows which browser you are using.

Here is an example of a user-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:31.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/31.0

The above example shows you the Firefox 31 user-agent.

You can check your current user-agent on the following website: https://whatmyuseragent.com/ (opens new window)

# Why should I change the user-agent?

Most statistics and traffic tools can easily look at the user-agents that came on your website. When the same user-agent is always used, it's easier to suspect low quality traffic.

Changing the user-agent will bring you more natural visits, made with multiple user-agent and you can even simulate visits from mobile phones or tablets.

# How does it works?

When the Application is started, it will automatically and randomly take a default user-agent. This is to avoid having the same one for every Application and introduce some variety.

You can also choose manually the user-agents to be used on your links.

  • Go to your my sites page
  • Click on the configuration button Config button of one of your links and click on advanced options and info
  • Find the Change the user-agent row and enable it

Change user-agent row

  • You will see a table with a row below to add a new user-agents. You can also select pre-made user-agents from the suggestion list

Change user-agent row

  • In the example below, I chose to receive 50% of the visits with an iPhone user-agent and the other 50% with Firefox user-agent

Change user-agent example

  • Click on the Update button

# Notes

  • Default user-agent chosen by the Applications and Suggestions are not guaranteed to be up to date