The Default Identity

There are three types of Identities in Ghost Browser. The Default Identity, Temporary Identities, and Identities. Each functions differently in the browser and all three can be used in powerful ways to boost your productivity.

The Default Identity 

The Default Identity (previously called the Global Session) is the first Identity you see when you open the browser. It has gray tabs. The Default Identity shares cookies among all Workspaces. For example, if you want to be logged into your personal Twitter account in every Workspace, you can use the Default Identity to achieve this. Then to sign into a different Twitter account you manage for work in the same Workspace, you would sign in via a colored Identity or Temporary Identity tab.

In the below screenshot you can see an example of what the Default Identity will look like in the Sidebar.

The Three Types of Identities

There are two other types of Identities in Ghost Browser, Temporary Identities and (permanent) Identities. Below is a chart comparing the Default Identity to the other two kinds of Identities in Ghost Browser. Click the links below to learn more about Temporary Identities and (permanent) Identities.

  • Learn more about Temporary Identities
  • Learn more about Identities
    Feature The Default Identity Temporary Identities Identities
    Cookie Jars  Permanent AND shared across all Workspaces. The Default Identity works like tabs in a normal browser where there's one cookie jar across the whole browser. Not permanent. If you close all purple tabs, that cookie jar is destroyed and you'll get a new cookie jar the next time you open them. Permanent. When you create an Identity, the cookie jar is saved permanently even if you close all tabs in it.
    Tab Colors The plain old gray color of the tabs tells you these tabs work like the "plain, old" browsers. 25 colors are pre-selected for you and that limits that number of Temporary Identities you can have per Workspace. You select the colors for all of your tabs so you can select more meaningful colors.
    Global Across Workspaces  Global. The Default Identity shares one cookie jar across the whole browser.  Not global. A purple tab in one Workspace has a separate cookie jar from purple tabs in other Workspaces. Global. Identity tabs share the same cookie jar no matter what Workspace they are in.  
    Proxies You can assign a proxy to a specific tab in this group, but not the whole group. For more granular and controlled proxy assignments across a whole set of tabs that share one cookie jar we recommend you use either a Temporary Identity or an Identity.  You can use Ghost Proxy Control to determine what proxy a Temporary Identity tab will use. Once you close the Temporary Identity tab that relationship is lost. You can assign a specific proxy connection to always be used with a particular Identity so that the browsing history is more consistent.
    Identity Separation This group of tabs is best suited to 'plain old browsing'. If you want more control over the privacy features related to your accounts we recommend using a Temporary Identity or an Identity. Temporary Identities are good for a quick way to get an isolated cookie jar to do things like see non-personalized search results or spot check ads. Identities are best for having tabs that you can use to consistently access your clients social media accounts or save different user roles on a web site you are testing.

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