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What is browser compartmentalization and why you need to do it

Here at RingVPN, we are all about helping you to spread the word about ways to increase privacy and reduce the power of the data-grabbing gremlins. We help you to stay safe -- and encourage you to share the news too (our Refer a Friend reward program being one example, with free subscriptions galore).

It used to be all about incognito mode, then logging out and removing one-click authorizations, cleaning cookies, refraining from location logging, and not clicking on "magic links" that log you in. By all means, keep on taking those safety measures... but now add browser compartmentalization to your online safety gamut.

If you haven't already heard about browser compartmentalization, read on to discover why this top practice of privacy honchos is a security measure that you need to start doing today.

What in the Danny Bonaduce is browser compartmentalization, anyway?

This is a privacy technique that we in the tech community have been doing for a while. It involves dedicating one browser type for each kind of browser activity. For example, using Safari (Mac users, where you at) for all sites and activities that require a log in. This would be the browser compartment you would use ONLY for all your bookmarked secure accounts, such as your online retail, secure sites and banking activities. Then, you have another browser, Chrome for example, which you would use for random web searches, such as Google to see if you are going to die from toe sepsis (that was just one search, thanks Google for the permanent autocomplete). That second browser is never for logged-in activity -- just random stuff.

Why is this important to do?

The idea is that when you split up your web activity between two browsers, you multiply the privacy and anonymity of the two. Your "account log in" browser can never be compromised by some random pop-up from WebMD as you search for (again, it was one time) whether bed bugs transmit malaria, while your random web search browser can never connect your private information to your burgeoning hypochondria, and start sending you personalized recommendations for your searches.

Can I make this even more bulletproof, Jackie Chan?

Why, yes. You can add some privacy extensions, like RingVPN, to your random search browser and max out your privacy settings by blocking all cookies, scripts, trackers, using incognito mode and even clearing cookies every hour. As you won't ever be using this browser for logging in, you have no need cor cookies or scripts to be enabled anyway.

Conclusion

Depending on your location, however, your ISP can theoretically still spy on your, regardless of compartmentalizing your browsers. The only way to protect yourself 100% is by using RingVPN for all of your browsers, devices and adding the extensions. By connecting to one of our anonymous, no-log servers, not only are ISPs unable to spy on your, but if you select a server in a location with awesome privacy protections, you are doubling-down on your online protection.

Don't take chances with your online security. Get RingVPN today and let us shield you from prying eyes.