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Offline CurlyWhirly

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Smartphone, tablet, PC or laptop query
« on: 06 December 2014, 08:43:48 »
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I have often wondered this, when I access some websites on my smartphone (using my Sky broadband wi-fi) sometimes a notice comes up when I enter a website asking me would I like to download the mobile app to make viewing easier.

How does this happen as surely if I am using wi-fi, how does a particular website know what kind of device is browsing it's pages ?!

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Re: Smartphone, tablet, PC or laptop query
« Reply #1 on: 06 December 2014, 09:54:14 »
Its something called user agent more here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_agent
This is basically a single line of information that lets people know what kind of computer and browser you’re using. You can see your user agent right now http://whatsmyuseragent.com/, if you’re curious.
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Re: Smartphone, tablet, PC or laptop query
« Reply #2 on: 06 December 2014, 12:41:12 »
you will be surprised at just how much info a website can "see" about you

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Re: Smartphone, tablet, PC or laptop query
« Reply #3 on: 06 December 2014, 14:04:31 »
Its something called user agent more here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_agent
This is basically a single line of information that lets people know what kind of computer and browser you’re using. You can see your user agent right now http://whatsmyuseragent.com/, if you’re curious.
I didn't know about that, thanks

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Re: Smartphone, tablet, PC or laptop query
« Reply #4 on: 06 December 2014, 14:05:00 »
you will be surprised at just how much info a website can "see" about you
Yes so I see after reading that link of Den's !

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Re: Smartphone, tablet, PC or laptop query
« Reply #5 on: 08 December 2014, 11:27:02 »
you can also set your browser to open desktop versions of web page instead of mobile ones too

as Den says your browser reports quite a bit of info to the website, such as operating system, browser and IP address

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Re: Smartphone, tablet, PC or laptop query
« Reply #6 on: 09 December 2014, 19:40:25 »
you can also set your browser to open desktop versions of web page instead of mobile ones too
I don't know how to do this so I'll google it, thanks.

 

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