Web services are getting smarter and more sophisticated by the day. They’re constantly tracking your IP, cookies, history, and many other active settings known as your browser fingerprint.
Effectively, even if you clear your cookies and history or change your IP, the data sent by your browser to a site you’re using can still reveal that you’re the same person. That’s not good news, especially if you value anonymity or are looking for ways to manage multiple accounts on the same device. A stealth browsing platform like Kameleo can help you switch between different IP addresses and browser fingerprints without being detected.
What is multiaccounting?
Multiaccounting refers to the process of running and managing different accounts using the same device. The easiest way to do this is simply by creating several different accounts and logging in and out of them without changing your IP or configuring your browser settings.
Of course, this is something we don’t recommend as it’s likely to get you banned. Most platforms only allow users to own one account, but for marketers and other professionals, that’s not always a choice.
How can I safely manage multiple accounts?
As a marketer, multiaccounting can give you the edge you need to beat the competition. Unfortunately, most popular platforms straight out forbid users from owning and operating more than one account.
A simple way to do this is by creating as many accounts as the browsers that you currently have installed on your device. Essentially, you’ll only use your first account with Google Chrome, the second one with Mozilla Firefox, the third one with Microsoft Edge, the fourth one with Opera, and so on. You can increase your chances of success by trying these browsers to unique IP addresses, using a different proxy with each one.
That said, doing all of that manually isn’t a great idea—you’re bound to make a mistake and no longer browse undetected (e.g., forget to switch browsers or change your IP, especially as you create more and more accounts).
Stealth browsing platforms like Kameleo can automate all these processes for you. But before you dive into multiaccounting, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
Your browser fingerprint
You can think of your browser fingerprint as everything that you leave behind for browsers to track you and identify you. This can be information about your browser, your network, your device settings, the language you use, your keyboard layout, your timezone, and much more.
Most popular platforms, such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, and eBay run sophisticated fingerprinting scripts, acquiring all kinds of data about you as you access their websites.
If you’re managing multiple accounts, then you’re going to need different browser fingerprints. Your goal is to make it look as if each account you operate is run by a unique user on a unique device. The easiest way to create, manage, and share multiple accounts is to use a multiaccounting browser like Kameleo. With Kameleo, you can bind accounts to unique browsing profiles, each with its own browser fingerprint, IP address, timezone, geolocation, etc.
Your browsing history
Your reasons for wanting to own multiple accounts might be purely related to business or other legitimate means, but these platforms are primarily concerned about hackers, spammers, and bots infiltrating their systems and causing all kinds of trouble.
Needless to say, having a unique fingerprint won’t be enough if you tend to resort to spammy practices or exhibit bot-like behavior. You also need to make sure you browse the web like an actual human (e.g., you’re not overloading the server with thousands of requests every minute) and that there’s continuity in the accounts (i.e., your browsing patterns and behaviors are consistent and make sense).
Kameleo makes it easy to take control of your browsing data; for example, cookies can be changed with the built-in cookie editor tool. You can easily view your cookie preferences for each of your profiles, making it even harder for platforms to draw parallels between your accounts.
Your IP address
While your IP address is essential, it isn’t the only factor of identification as far as online websites and platforms are concerned. It’s not uncommon for multiple users and devices to share the same IP address. Still, you can look suspicious under certain circumstances (e.g., you’re using a US IP, but your computer’s language’s set to Hindi).
To avoid raising eyebrows, you’ll want to make sure your IP and language match. You also need to bear in mind that not all IPs/proxies are created equal. Cheap VPN and proxy services might be able to mask your IP, but they’re not always ideal for multiaccounting purposes.
‘Datacenter proxies’ are proxy providers that own a large range of IP addresses and rent them out to customers. Since many users often share those IPs, there’s a high chance your account might be linked to suspicious behavior—even if you’re not engaging in unscrupulous activities yourself. The alternatives are ‘residential proxies’, which are IPs used by regular people through their home internet provider. While they can be slower sometimes, they’re much more likely to keep you anonymous. (Learn more about this in our proxy article.)
Kameleo allows users to use high-quality HTTP, SOCKS, and SSH proxy connections to maintain their anonymity while switching between accounts.
What can I do with a multiaccount browser?
Information is power, and you don’t want organizations to extract data about you without your consent. But besides anonymity, what else can a multiaccounting browser do for you?
Well, by allowing you to easily switch between different browser profiles, Kameleo makes it possible to:
- Run ad campaigns through multiple accounts, diversifying risks and testing new parameters. You can also minimize online retail risks by creating multiple merchant accounts on major e-commerce platforms, such as Shopify and WooCommerce.
- Manage multiple social media profiles simultaneously. You can also safely collaborate with team members all around the globe without having to worry about bans and suspensions.
- See how different visitors view your ads/website and run Selenium tests to figure out how your website performs with various setups and configurations. You can also reverse-engineer your competitors’ ad campaigns to find out which ads are served to which profiles.
- See and compare prices for products and services as a visitor browsing from another country, with a different device and browsing history.
- Webscrape with less resource-intensive virtual browser profiles. Kameleo’s browser fingerprint management tools allow fast development with Selenium, Puppeteer and Playwright support.
Unlock the web and explore a whole new world of opportunities with Kameleo today. Check out our plans here!