Firefox, which happens to be my favorite browser, is testing a new feature known as Containers. Basically, the feature makes is easy for you to be what you want to be online.
It is all about having different accounts in the same service without opening a new window. Offline, it is very easy to project the personality we want people to see at a particular time. At work, we want to be seen as a serious, result-oriented person. Which is totally different from how we behave at a party for instance. That is what Firefox is trying to replicate with Containers. With the feature, you can have multiple accounts opened in the same window. Each account would reflect what you want other online users to think of you. For example, you can have different Twitter account for business, family and friends opened but separate in the same Firefox window.
I guess the introduction of the detailed blog post by Tanvi Vyas would explain the thinking behind Containers better:
We all portray different characteristics of ourselves in different situations. The way I speak with my son is much different than the way I communicate with my coworkers. The things I tell my friends are different than what I tell my parents. I’m much more guarded when withdrawing money from the bank than I am when shopping at the grocery store. I have the ability to use multiple identities in multiple contexts. But when I use the web, I can’t do that very well. There is no easy way to segregate my identities such that my browsing behavior while shopping for toddler clothes doesn’t cross over to my browsing behavior while working. The Containers feature I’m about to describe attempts to solve this problem: empowering Firefox to help segregate my online identities in the same way I can segregate my real life identities.”
How to Use Containers
To use Containers you need to download the Firefox Nightly build and install it on your system.
Next go to File > New Container Tab. To reveal the menu bar on Windows, users need to hit the Alt key first. From the drop down menu, you now have the option of any account. You can now create multiple accounts.
Multiple Containers are differentiated by using different color codes for them. Also text and icons in the far right hand corner of the address bar helps to differentiate Containers.
Since the feature is still in the testing phase, the browser might be unstable and might have security issues. It might also not be possible to open multiple accounts on all social media forum as it is now. Perhaps by the time the final build is out, all bugs and glitches would have being fixed. And of course, you can help the Firefox team make Containers better by reporting any bug or vulnerabilities you encounter. You could make a bit of money if you find bugs since Mozila also has a robust bug bounty program like Google and Facebook.
photo credit: forbes.com; blog.mozila.org