Browser Privacy Mozilla and IE & tips for Mozilla

In more recent Mozilla browsers you can type about:config in the address
bar. This will load a very detailed and option filled way to configure
Mozilla. Look for a line that says "network.http.sendRefererHeader" it has
an integer of 2, which in this setting allows web sites to see the
preaveious web site you came from, commenly called a Referer. Yes it's
spelled that way, don't ask me why. If you change this 2 to 0 it will not
give this information to sites, which I beleave IE and all other browsers
commenly used do. Also it is possible to change your user-agent string (a
string that tells what browser you are using to eh web site, along with
things like what os, language, region) and make it anything you want by
overriding the one that is default. You can do this by right clicking
anywere on this list of configurable items and selecting "new->string" and
writing this (without the quotes of course) in the first blank
"general.useragent.override" and in the second blank put whatever you
want, this can also help in getting in those "IE only sites" which
actually means that site just doesn't know how to make a site that will
work on anything and is nonestandereds complient. 

If you are interested in seeing the many things a web site can see about
your browser and you try this link out: 
http://www.gemal.dk/browserspy/

The things that can be seen if you run IE can almost be alarming. Although
alot of things on that site are nothing to be alarmed about if it sees
that, mostly its to help the site know what you can handle. I must admit
alot is also not needed, as in IE telling the web site how many CD-ROM
drives you have and what drive letters they are and information on your
sound card.

Hopefully this link and the tips I gave are a help to someone :)
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Dean
6/3/2003 5:44:00 AM
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>> When you say 'Mozilla', do you mean all Mozilla, like Phoenix
>> etc.? 
> 
> My guess is that it would work in Phoenix and Mozilla, but probably 
> not the non-XUL browsers like K-meleon or Galeon.  (That's just a 
> guess, though.)

I know it works in Phoenix, now called Firebird, and Mozilla, but I cannot
speak for other gecko based browsers. I would certainly suggest
giving it a try because of the almost limitless amount of things you can
configure in this. I mean whats the worst that could happen if you just
try it, more then likely just display a blank page if it doesn't work.
 
Oh and another trick, although not so useful: about:mozilla
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Dean
6/2/2003 6:31:00 PM
Dean M. wrote:
> In more recent Mozilla browsers you can type about:config in the address
> bar. This will load a very detailed and option filled way to configure
> Mozilla. Look for a line that says "network.http.sendRefererHeader" it has
> an integer of 2, which in this setting allows web sites to see the
> preaveious web site you came from, commenly called a Referer. Yes it's
> spelled that way, don't ask me why. If you change this 2 to 0 it will not
> give this information to sites, 

<snip>

Thank you for the information on about:config Dean.

CF
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CF
6/3/2003 12:53:00 PM
"CF" <mamac@invalid.inv> wrote in message news:bbi5ka$fqq$1@news.grc.com...
> Dean M. wrote:
> > In more recent Mozilla browsers you can type about:config in the address
> > bar. This will load a very detailed and option filled way to configure
> > Mozilla. Look for a line that says "network.http.sendRefererHeader" it
has
> > an integer of 2, which in this setting allows web sites to see the
> > preaveious web site you came from, commenly called a Referer. Yes it's
> > spelled that way, don't ask me why. If you change this 2 to 0 it will
not
> > give this information to sites,
>
> <snip>
>
> Thank you for the information on about:config Dean.
>
> CF
>
>

When you say 'Mozilla', do you mean all Mozilla, like Phoenix etc.?

Thanks
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Sweet
6/3/2003 4:48:00 PM
"Sweet Andy Licious" <junkpurveyor@doubleclick.com> wrote in
news:bbijdo$r97$1@news.grc.com: 

*snip*
>> <snip>
>>
>> Thank you for the information on about:config Dean.
[...]
> When you say 'Mozilla', do you mean all Mozilla, like Phoenix
> etc.? 

My guess is that it would work in Phoenix and Mozilla, but probably 
not the non-XUL browsers like K-meleon or Galeon.  (That's just a 
guess, though.)

-- 
"I Thank 'The Trackers' for their stupidity in tracking the hackers 
because I could have never done it alone."

Tracker, aka Debbie  <3E90D2BD.ADB9371@yahoo.com>
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BlueJAMC
6/3/2003 5:03:00 PM
Dean M. wrote:
>>>When you say 'Mozilla', do you mean all Mozilla, like Phoenix
>>>etc.? 
>>
>>My guess is that it would work in Phoenix and Mozilla, but probably 
>>not the non-XUL browsers like K-meleon or Galeon.  (That's just a 
>>guess, though.)
> 
> 
> I know it works in Phoenix, now called Firebird, and Mozilla, but I cannot
> speak for other gecko based browsers. I would certainly suggest
> giving it a try because of the almost limitless amount of things you can
> configure in this. I mean whats the worst that could happen if you just
> try it, more then likely just display a blank page if it doesn't work.
>  
> Oh and another trick, although not so useful: about:mozilla

It works in Netscpape 7.02
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WindsorFox
6/5/2003 11:46:00 PM
It doesnt seem to work in Beonex. It says  5 not 2 next to network http 
send Referer Header. But then I am using Proxomitron. But even if I 
bypass Proxomitron I cannot change it. It blacks out when I right click.
shell

WindsorFox wrote:
> Dean M. wrote:
> 
>>>> When you say 'Mozilla', do you mean all Mozilla, like Phoenix
>>>> etc.? 
>>>
>>>
>>> My guess is that it would work in Phoenix and Mozilla, but probably 
>>> not the non-XUL browsers like K-meleon or Galeon.  (That's just a 
>>> guess, though.)
>>
>>
>>
>> I know it works in Phoenix, now called Firebird, and Mozilla, but I 
>> cannot
>> speak for other gecko based browsers. I would certainly suggest
>> giving it a try because of the almost limitless amount of things you can
>> configure in this. I mean whats the worst that could happen if you just
>> try it, more then likely just display a blank page if it doesn't work.
>>  
>> Oh and another trick, although not so useful: about:mozilla
> 
> 
> It works in Netscpape 7.02
> 
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Shell
6/9/2003 8:13:00 PM
Shell <shell@crickethill.com> wrote in
news:3EE4EA6E.3060905@crickethill.com: 

[top-post corrected]
> WindsorFox wrote:
>> Dean M. wrote:
*snip*
>>> I know it works in Phoenix, now called Firebird, and Mozilla,
>>> but I cannot speak for other gecko based browsers. I would
>>> certainly suggest giving it a try because of the almost
>>> limitless amount of things you can configure in this. I mean
>>> whats the worst that could happen if you just try it, more
>>> then likely just display a blank page if it doesn't work. 
>>>  
>>> Oh and another trick, although not so useful: about:mozilla
>> 
>> 
>> It works in Netscpape 7.02
>> 
> It doesnt seem to work in Beonex. It says  5 not 2 next to
> network http send Referer Header. But then I am using
> Proxomitron. But even if I bypass Proxomitron I cannot change
> it. It blacks out when I right click. shell

I *believe* that Beonex is specifically programmed to not send 
referer headers by default.  One way to find out for certain is to 
go to

http://www.gemal.dk/browserspy/

and then click the "Document Information" link.  If, on the 
resulting page, the "Document Referrer" is listed as 
"http://www.gemal.dk/browserspy/", then referers are enabled.  If, 
however, they are disabled, it will show something else, or nothing 
at all.

-- 
"I Thank 'The Trackers' for their stupidity in tracking the hackers 
because I could have never done it alone."

Tracker, aka Debbie  <3E90D2BD.ADB9371@yahoo.com>
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BlueJAMC
6/10/2003 12:47:00 AM

BlueJAMC wrote:
> Shell <shell@crickethill.com> wrote in
> news:3EE4EA6E.3060905@crickethill.com: 

<snip>

> I *believe* that Beonex is specifically programmed to not send 
> referer headers by default.

<snip>

I don't recall the default setting, but there are a number of options in 
Beonex including "no referral", "fake referral", etc. under preferences 
for privacy & security / http referral.

Jim
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Jim
6/10/2003 11:57:00 AM
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