What is RandomUA?
RandomUA is a WebExtension that changes your User-Agent string to a sensible-looking, desktop-browser-like UA string which is different for every request.
A User-Agent string is a piece of information that your computer sends to every website you go to. It tells them what software you use to access the Internet, what kind of computer you’re using, and what kind of operating system you use. Some of this is really important to those websites, but most of it isn’t, and it can be used to help track you without your consent.
Many browser fingerprinting solutions use the User-Agent as a relatively constant string, because most users UAs only change when their browser updates. Therefore, having a different UA on each request make it a lot easier to evade these tracking schemes.
Sample UA Strings
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.64; rv:193.0) (KHTML, like Gecko) AppleWebKit/193.0; Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 7.59; rv:869.0) Gecko/20100101 Chrome/531.0 Firefox/869.0; Mozilla/5.0 (Linux i686 on x86_64; rv:514.0) Gecko/20100101 Mobile Chrome/514.0; Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 9.81; rv:77.0) Gecko/20100101 Chrome/77.0;
These generated UAs preserve important markers (like the
like Gecko compat markers, and the
Mobile flag) so that your browser isn’t served unusable content, but randomizes parameters that websites really shouldn’t care about (like OS version, browser version, and processor architecture) to protect your privacy.
RandomUA requires access to all URLs and web request data for its core function: it has to be able to change your user agent string!
Simply run the included
make_xpi.sh script and install the generated XPI file.
Contributions are welcome, either as PRs or issue reports. Please use GitHub issues for both bugs and feature requests.