I wanted to share this fun and interesting tool that I use and to test certain aspects of some of my applications, User Agent Switcher Is a Firefox plug in that changes the user agent to the one selected. For those who don’t know, a user agent is the name that the browser gives to the website to make sure it is compatible, another use is for search engine crawlers to identifies them to the site that they visited and added your site.
My original use for it was to bypass a governments website restriction to IE only so i searched for the best possible way to change my user agent, there are other ways to hack Firefox to have the same out come but takes a little bit of know how, so i found user agent switcher for this purpose, next i turn it on and change my user agent to IE 7, then go to the website with that restriction, and i get through with out a problem, this doesnt always work and may crash your browser so try that at your own risk.
Now for the fun part, ever wanted to see what some sites show google but not you, So download the ltest list of user agents here, import it and change your user agent to google’s bot and explore to see what sites show google or yahoo, or change your user agent to some ancient browser, like MSIE 3.0; AOL 4.0;, see what sites depend on such things to work, you would be surprised to find that Facebook and MySpace depend on user agents and ask you to upgrade your browser, other sites just say that support for your browser is coming soon, or get back at those people that look at browser statistics from sites and you start seeing profanity driven browsers…
Another Use i found was for work, there are a few web applications that we use and they dont play well with Firefox, so i load up User Switcher Agent and turn on IE 7 and load the apps up and they start working……..well almost one, worked fine, the other…..the one that I really wanted working Bombed and froze Firefox……..well you can’t win them all but at least I tried.
So Try out User Agent Switcher and add it to your toolbox.