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Storage options

Updated 1 month ago by Stan

Browsers store different types of data about you and your preferences in separate containers. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • cookies,
  • recently closed tabs,
  • local storage and indexedDB data,
  • browser history,
  • saved bookmarks,
  • extensions,
  • browser settings.

The data of Multilogin browser profiles are stored and synchronized in an encrypted form on the servers. Having various data containers enabled will ultimately increase the latency of browser profile loading and saving times. This is why only cookies and tabs synchronization are enabled by default. Other storage containers need to be enabled manually in the Storage options section.

It is highly advised to only enable those storage options, which you especially want to utilize to have loading times to be as optimal as possible.

Currently, Multilogin supports local storage, indexedDB, and extension data as additional storage options for Premium users. However, other data containers are continually being added.

Local storage and IndexedDB

Altough Local and IndexedDB storages are architecturally slightly different things, they are designed with one core goal in mind - allow websites to store data about you locally. They work the same way as cookies do, however, local storage and IndexedDB is considered to be more secure and larger amounts of data can be stored, without affecting website's performance.

Since websites have open access to these storages, it can be easily exploited for the purposes of user tracking by placing different bits of identifiable information about your activity in conjunction with cookies.

In Multilogin you have the option to enable Local storage and IndexedDB synchronization for your browser profiles.

It's recommended that Local Storage and IndexedDB is enabled to preserve the consistency of data that websites may place. If this option is left disabled, websites will see that such storages are empty upon each consecutive browser launch, which may indicate that they have been intentionally cleared out.

Extension storage

Extensions and their corresponding data are stored in a separate container from other types of browser data. Therefore, if you wish to use extensions and have them restored upon each browser profile launch, you will need to enable Extension storage.

Using extensions and add-ons

Extension storage enables you to conveniently integrate extensions and-ons from Chrome and Firefox stores with your browser profiles. Here's how this can be accomplished:

  1. Create a browser profile with Extension storage enabled
  2. Launch the browser profile and navigate to the official extensions store website
  3. Download the extension that you want to use
  4. Wait until it's fully installed
  5. Save the profile using the Multilogin button
  6. Launch the browser profile again to see the extensions get restored

Some heavy-weight extensions can lead to very slow browser saving and loading times, especially with slow internet speeds. In such cases, it's advised that extensions pre-loading is used, a feature, which can be found in the 'Extensions' section of browser profile configuration view.  This functionality is also useful for custom extensions.

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