Crypto

The Crypto section of the control module is where you manage things like certificates and the Secure Socket Layer (SSL). Certificates are attachments to electronic messages that provide some assurance that you are dealing with the machine you think you are communicating with. SSL is a protocol used to securely transmit information between machines over the Internet. When you enter into a secure connection, the little lock on the Konqueror toolbar will appear locked. Unless you understand what you are doing and the ramifications of selecting or unselecting individual ciphers, leave the settings at their defaults. Think of ciphers as codes your computer uses to talk to other computers during a secure transaction.

Figure 10.25: Configuring Crypto

Tip During a secure transaction, the lock symbol on Konqueror should appear locked. User Agent

Figure 10.25: Configuring Crypto

Tip During a secure transaction, the lock symbol on Konqueror should appear locked. User Agent

The user agent is a string of text your browser sends to a website to identify itself. By default, Konqueror's user agent string looks like this:

Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Konqueror/2.1.2; Xii)

This tells the website to treat Konqueror as though it were a Mozilla 5.0 browser, and if it has problems with Mozilla, to then treat it like Konqueror or X11. The reason for passing Mozilla initially in the user agent is to provide the greatest chance for compatibility with the website. It is the sad truth that some web sites are not designed using the proper standards. If you find that a website is not rendering properly, changing the user agent might make it interact with you differently and clear up the problem. Currently, Mozilla is more widely recognized in website development circles than Konqueror.

Figure 10.26: Configuring the User Agent

To add or change a user agent, first enter the web address in the When Connecting To field. This can either be the specific URL (www. examplecompany.com) or the entire domain (.examplecompany.com). Now you can either select a user agent string from the drop- down box for Send User Agent String, or you can type your own. The list provided has a wide variety of options, but let's create a new one for this example:

Figure 10.26: Configuring the User Agent

To add or change a user agent, first enter the web address in the When Connecting To field. This can either be the specific URL (www. examplecompany.com) or the entire domain (.examplecompany.com). Now you can either select a user agent string from the drop- down box for Send User Agent String, or you can type your own. The list provided has a wide variety of options, but let's create a new one for this example:

Now you can create an alias that will appear in t he list of user agents available in the future, something like KonqOnLinux.

Next, click Add to add this user agent to your shortcuts and to the list of available user agents. You will need to apply these changes as well.

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