Written by Eric Wyatt (last updated February 10, 2020)
When you use a computer that is shared by multiple people, such as the members of a family, it can be problematic when it comes to keeping web information separate from other users. To help keep sensitive information private—info such as passwords, history, payment information and more—Edge Chromium has enabled what it calls "Profiles." Profiles allow for accounts to be set up within the browser that keep all of the sensitive information safe without needing to set up new Windows user accounts.
When you first launch Edge Chromium, a default profile is automatically set up for you. Using the browser's settings, you can create the additional profiles. When you create a profile, you have two types of profiles to choose from: online (such as with a Microsoft or work/school account which syncs your data) or local (which keeps your data on the local machine).
To set up a local profile, follow these steps:
Figure 1. Microsoft Edge Chromium People icon drop-down.
To set up an online profile, follow these steps:
It is important to remember that you can switch between these profiles at will. A user will not be asked for a password. If you really want to keep things confidential between users, you will need to use separate Windows user accounts. One great reason for using Profiles is for keeping your work browsing information separate from your personal browsing information.
This tip (13737) applies to Windows 10.
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