How to Set Up a Separate Web Browsing Environment For Guest Users

By: Brooke M. Perry

The holiday season is about to begin and you may expect some unexpected guests at your home. In this cyber world, almost every single person is a computer geek and wants to stay connected with their online friends, relatives, and family members. The Internet is counted amongst one of the most reliable and convenient source of information and communication, hence, many users access it for conveying messages, sending pictures, and delivering important information. Guest users may not be interested in viewing or accessing the reports that have been created, when you were using the web, but you need to be secured from your end. Your guests may accidently break into an area where you don’t want them to visit, hence, it is recommended to set up a different browsing environment.

In this article, you’ll read about how to set up a separate web browsing environment for guest users:

1. Provide an access to Incognito or private-browsing mode

Incognito or private-browsing mode is an ideal solution during your guests visit as it will not leave a mark of their existence on your device, its software and hardware components. The private-browsing mode allows a browser to use separate cookies for conducting online activities to prevent guests from logging into any of your saved accounts. The drawback of this mode is that the guest users will have access to bookmarks, address bar, auto complete entries, and browsing history, which can be a great security threat.

A guest user may unwittingly get a hold across your browser history while trying to visit his desired web URL by typing it in the address bar. It is recommended to clean your browsing history and other relevant stuff or you should keep them in hidden mode to keep yourself safe from online threats. Once, your guest is finished using the PC, simply close the Incognito window to automatically log out of any websites they’ve used.

2. Use ‘Kiosk’ mode in Chrome

Chrome’s kiosk mode takes over your entire screen for offering a seamless browsing experience to your guests. Designed for web-browsing terminals, the mode can easily give a full-screen browser that can’t be turned back into a window by pressing ‘F11.’ To use this feature, create a copy of your existing Chrome shortcut, right-click the shortcut, select ‘Properties’ from the list, and type ‘-kiosk’ to the end of its ‘Target’ box.

Close all the opened windows, launch the latest shortcut, and then the Chrome will open in kiosk mode. You can press ‘Alt+F4’ key to close Chrome or press and hold ‘Alt+Tab’ key to switch to other running applications. This feature will offer a safe browsing experience to your guests and you don’t need to even bother about clearing the browsing history, whenever they’re done using the PC. You can also access this feature in Firefox by installing some of the third-party add-ons.
3. Create a separate Chrome account

You can easily create separate profiles or user accounts on Google Chrome by adding ‘users’ to the browser. Creating different user accounts will help you to keep a track on history, bookmarks, logins, and other settings, separately.

No high-end protection will be offered to your main Chrome profile and any user account can easily access it without any prior authentication. Google said that this will not make user’s data private rather this alternate offers a separate account to guests instead of sharing the same Chrome user account. Follow the below mentioned steps in right sequence to create a new Chrome user:

Open the ‘Settings’ page from ‘Chrome’ menu, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and click the ‘Add new user’ button.
Choose a suitable name and icon for the user or name it as ‘Guest.’
Once created, you can easily switch to this profile within Chrome or use a separate desktop shortcut to launch Chrome with a guest account.

4. Create a separate Firefox profile

Setting up a separate user profile in Firefox isn’t a difficult task, but it is mentioned under hidden category.

Follow the below mentioned steps to create a separate guest user profile:

To begin with the creation of guest user account, first of all close all the running Firefox windows and press ‘Windows Key + R’ to bring the ‘Run’ dialog.
Now type-in and run the ‘firefox.exe –p’ command to go to the ‘Profile manager’ window.
In the Profile Manager window, click on the ‘Create Profile’ button and enter the required details to create a new user profile.
Be ready to launch Firefox with ‘firefox.exe –p’ and choose between profiles.

Note:You might be tired of the browser’s habit of asking you to choose a user profile each time you start Firefox. If you think that you don’t need the browser to ask for it then simply uncheck the ‘Don’t ask at startup box to be prompted’ button to disable it. Always remember that every user profile has its own bookmarks, history, cookies, settings, and other user data recorded on the device.
5. Give them a new browser

You will feel protected and secured as every browser has its own separate bookmarks, cookies, and login state information therefore your saved log-ins and auto-refill data will remain safe. Moreover, you also have the option to download and install a separate browser for your guests or simply allot the one that you never touch.

The above mentioned tips will assist you in establishing a safe browsing environment for your guests and you can easily pick the one that suits you the most. It is important to note that none of the above mentioned options promise full-proof security against web or browsing threats, however, they are still in preventing such threats to a limited extent. Always remember that providing your guests a separate browser will offer them a comfortable web environment, but they may close it anytime and start using your main browser.

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Hi! I am Brook M. Perry, a prolific blog writer and keen author of articles related to computer security and solution for issues related to computers and mobile devices. Being associated with the reputed best pc tuneup service provider Qresolve, I have resolved thousands of tech issues for our customers from worldwide.

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