How to identify yourself with analytic tools

There are several statistic tools out on the web.

All of them share one problem. They count you as a visitor. To overcome this when using Firefox there is a simple solution.
Just change the version informatin Firefox sends and you can filter yourself from the statistics.

How it works

  1. Open Firefox
  2. Enter about:config in the adress bar
  3. Search for general.useragent.vendorSub
  4. Change to a version number that does not exist


  1. Shaun Inman said:

    This won’t work for Mint. It will record you regardless of whether it detects a valid user agent or not. There is a Preference that allows Mint to ignore your visits though. There’s also IP filtering in the auto-Mint file which achieves the same thing.

    February 5, 2006
  2. michael said:

    Thanks Shaun for your input. The point I wanted to make here was to use a user agent that does not exist as a number. It will be tracked but you will know that you have been visiting the site.

    March 10, 2006
  3. michael said:

    Thanks for you comment. The design is by Michael Heilemann (

    March 26, 2006

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