Being Denied Access to Web Sites

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Post Posted February 13th, 2020, 1:21 pm

I am using Firefox version 72.0.2 (64-bit) on a Fedora 31 distribution. I am not sure why but I have been told, on screen, that I cannot access many web sites which have never been blocked before. I understand, and support, restricting access to sites that do not play by the rules. My problem is that I am not sure how to override the errors. I just got the following error while going to a Fedora Site: ... ost1831368

The error is: 403 Error. Access is Forbidden to this Page!!!
How do I, without abandoning Firefox, get around these errors; possibly on an incident by incident basis?
I am using a Custom Privacy setting but I am unable to, using the 'shield' clicking and turning stuff off approach, then reloading tabs does not get me by my current problem.


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Post Posted February 13th, 2020, 1:56 pm

You can try to clear the cache and the cookies for this website and if that isn't working then try "Forget About This Site" (right-click context menu of an history item).


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Post Posted February 13th, 2020, 5:12 pm

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It is the "&s=8ec5b0228548d841ee8db03d690cdc78" part that is causing the issue - whatever that does.

These are both OK:
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Not unusual for some "crap" to be in a URL, like &sid=4770caf5a1df82e065ec1f52b1ec8207, even here at mozillazine.
Usually a board will simply ignore it if it's is not appropriate, will not hamper a page load.

In this case, whatever that &s= code is for, it "denies" you.
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20110420 SeaMonkey/2.0.14 Pinball CopyURL+ FetchTextURL FlashGot NoScript

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Post Posted February 13th, 2020, 7:25 pm

Firefox is just telling you what the website server is claiming. Changing browsers should not and likely will not change the situation.
The URL seems to have a session ID contained in it. If you are trying to access that page with a computer that has a different
IP, different (or no) cookies from those that session generated, or perhaps an expired session, then a 403 response is expected.

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