Overriding the user-agent

In this article, you will learn how to change the user-agent for your websites to get more natural visits.


What is the user-agent ?

User-agent is like a signature of your browser. With the user-agent, a website know which browser you use.

Here is an example of a user-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:31.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/31.0

The above example shows you the Firefox 31 user-agent.


You can find more information on this website : http://whatsmyuseragent.com/WhatsAUserAgent


Why change the user-agent ?

Most of the autosurf applications use the same user-agent, either chrome or internet explorer. Some advertisers can easily look at the user-agents that came on your website and notice that all the visits are made with a single browser version, which can be suspect.

Changing the user-agent will bring you more natural visits, made with multiple user-agent and you can even simulate visits from mobile phones.


How it works ?

Otohits application use a different user-agent for every visit. If you don't active the feature for your website, you will receive random user-agents chosen by Otohits. This feature is only available if your website is only visible on the application.

To enable the feature, go to the details page of your website.



Then activate the feature.



In this example, I will add a user-agent of a mobile phone (iPhone). After filling the input, click "Add".



A table appeared, we can see the user-agent, his percentage and a button to delete it.

Percentage is the equivalent of how much chance a user-agent can be picked. Here, it's 0 meaning that the user-agent will never be use, so Otohits will choose the user-agent randomly (you can find below the table a sentence that resume the amount of user-agent chosen by Otohits and the amount chosen by you).



Let's change this percentage to 100. Then click on "Update %".



From now, your website will receive visits with an iPhone user-agent, so it will believe that the visit come from an iPhone.



You can add up to 10 user-agent (maybe more in the future). You can also mix the user-agent chosen by Otohits and by you.