Cookies have become an integral part of our online browsing activities. Be it for storing our login information or helping out the trackers, their job is spread across a large field of view.
Let’s try and understand it with the help of an example. Suppose you searched online for a formal shirt. Later on, you open Instagram and while scrolling through the feeds, you get to see the ads related to that same product. Well, this is no coincidence of sorts.
What happened was when you were searching for a product, the cookies were busy tracking your activities. They then interacted with the social media cookies and passed on the information related to your recent query. As a result, the latter set of cookies knew exactly what type of targeted ads they needed to display. The benefits?
Well, it leads to a higher probability of your interaction with these ads as opposed to any random ads that Instagram might have shown. So what can be done to stop this from happening?
To overcome all these issues, you shouldn’t look any further than Firefox Containers.
What are Firefox Containers?
Firefox Containers are used to create segregated cookies belonging to different domains. For example, there will be a standalone jar just for social media cookies, the next one for shopping, another for banking, and so on. These cookies remain confined to their “jars” and wouldn’t be able to interact with cookies belonging to other domains.
As a result, the trackers part of the Google search wouldn’t be able to pass on this information to the social media trackers and hence you wouldn’t be bombarded with so-called curated ads on your Facebook profile.
Furthermore, if you are signed in to Firefox with multiple accounts, then you could use this feature to segregate your work account activities from personal ones by storing them under separate containers.
All in all, it proves to be an effective way of minimizing the tracking of your browsing activities and hence leading to enhanced online privacy.
Install Firefox Containers
Apart from the Firefox container, the browser also has a separate Facebook Container. So what’s the difference between the two? The former has a much broader field and deals with trackers across all the sites. However, if your primary concern is just related to Facebook, then you could also try out the Facebook Container.
Facebook Containers functionality and the installation steps stay the same. It’s just that it is only limited to this social media giant and some of the sites that it owns such as Messenger and Instagram.
Here are steps to install the Firefox container:
- Launch the Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Head over to the Multi-Account Containers add-on page.
- Click on the
- You will now get a confirmation prompt, click
That’s it. The add-on is now successfully downloaded and install on Firefox. You can check a new containers icon appearing in the toolbar menu.
Use Firefox Containers
Now that we have installed the Firefox Multi-account container add-on, let proceed to learn how to use it.
- Click on the Multi-Account Container icon situated at the extreme right of the taskbar.
- Hit on
Go through the onscreen instructions. followed by Next button.
- Likewise, let the browser know if you wish to sync these containers or not.
- You shall now be presented with four containers by default: Personal, Work, Banking, and Shopping.
Select the desired one from the list and Firefox will open a new tab confined to that container. Now open the site of your choice and all its associated cookies will be stored in this container itself.
Furthermore, to make Firefox permanently assign this container to this website, click on Multi-Account Container > Always open this site in and select the Desired Container from the list.
Create a New Container
By default, you get the Personal, Work, Banking, and Shopping containers. If you wish to create a new one, then here’s what needs to be done:
- Click on the Multi-Account Container icon.
- Hit on the
button situated at the bottom.
- Click on New Container and you could now create and customize the container as per the requirement.
For example, you could give it a title, change its color, and even its logo.
- Hit on button to save the container to the list.
The newly created container will be added under the existing list of Firefox Containers.
Delete a Firefox Container
If at any point in time you wish to delete any of your own created containers, then just select the container from Containers icon, and hit thebutton.
Bottom Line: Firefox Multi-account Containers
So this was all from this guide on the Firefox Containers. The fact that it leads to minimal interaction between cookies of two different domains definitely manages to score high from the privacy perspective.
As mentioned, you can also use the Facebook Container add-on that specifically designed for Facebook and its subsidiaries.
With that said, it is quite surprising to note that this feature is still an additional extension and not yet baked into the browser. What are your views on this functionality?
Do you find it useful or rather you prefer to browse in a more secure environment by disabling the trackers altogether? Let us know your opinions about the same in the comments section below.