User agent string is the data sent to a web site by your web browser identifying which browser and the operating system you are using. This may help the web site decide the type of content to display. Some sites only allow Internet Explorer (my University web site does) and force you to use only one specific browser. If you are using K-Meleon browser, you can easily spoof the user agent string to use these kinds of sites. Here is how :
- Open your K-Meleon web browser.
- Select from the menubar Tools → User Agent.
- You can choose from Firefox 2.0 or SeaMonkey 1.1. But if you want to spoof as other browsers which are not listed, then choose Custom.
- Enter a user agent string in the dialog box that pops up. You can find user agent strings of many browsers (and their many versions) on http://www.useragentstring.com/. For example, user agent string for Chrome 6.0 running on Windows 7 is :Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US) AppleWebKit/534.3 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/6.0.464.0 Safari/534.3
- Click OK to save the settings. Now all web sites would think that you are using Chrome 6.0 running on Windows 7 or some other browser and operating system if you choose some other user agent string.