New privacy oriented feature added to Edge 82 - Freeze User-Agent request header

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New in Microsoft Edge Version 82.0.421.0 (Official build) canary (64-bit)

Reason for doing it is more about privacy and stopping fingerprinting.

 

edge://flags/

 

Freeze User-Agent request header

Set the User-Agent request header to a static string that conforms to the current User-Agent string format but only reveals desktop vs Android and if the 'mobile' flag is set – Mac, Windows

#freeze-user-agent

 

to be more effective, also enable this flag:

 

Reduce default 'referer' header granularity

If a page hasn't set an explicit referrer policy, setting this flag will reduce the amount of information in the 'referer' header for cross-origin requests. – Mac, Windows

#reduced-referrer-granularity

 

 

More info:

https://www.chromestatus.com/feature/5704553745874944

https://css-tricks.com/freezing-user-agent-strings/