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Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] IceCatMobile is recognized as desktop browser

From: Mart Rootamm
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] IceCatMobile is recognized as desktop browser
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:44:58 +0300

I understand what you mean. I got word from the same list about IceCat not including its own UA string and using the most common UA string as default, that —

> That's intentional, and you're subverting a measure designed to protect
> your privacy by "fixing" this. Using the same user agent string as
> Firefox reduces your fingerprint.
[—as written by a seasoned specialist in these things.]

Better to only keep the Firefox string, as IceCat is based on Firefox, and Ff market share is very small. To avoid site breakage, most would choose Firefox, while IceCat is for the privacy-conscious.


2016-04-20 5:51 GMT+03:00 Pirate Praveen <address@hidden>:
Its not just about me. Don't you think its important to include by default? Do you want every user to follow these steps so IceCatMobile is recognized as a mobile browser?

On 2016, ഏപ്രിൽ 20 4:25:22 AM IST, Mart Rootamm <address@hidden> wrote:

In about:config, go to


• There, tap on the setting, then long-tap to copy the parameter name and value, and back these up in a text editor to some text file (for future reference).

• I use a UA string similar to this:

Mozilla/5.0 (Android 4.4; Mobile; rv:38.0) Gecko/38.0 Firefox/38.0 IceCat/38.7.1

This is essentially the default Firefox UA string for version 38.0, with IceCat/38.7.1 appended to it.

In Android versions below 4.4, Firefox for mobile uses 'Android 4.4' as the general OS identifier; from Android 4.4 and up, Firefox uses the actual Android version number. More here:



29.03.2016 16:30 kirjutas kuupäeval "Pirate Praveen" <address@hidden>:
I know IceCat blocks browser based fingerprinting but I think IceCatMobile should identify itself as a mobile browser even if other identifying information are suppressed. gitlab.com was showing its desktop version making it difficult to use.

38.6.0 from fdroid.


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