FAQ: Processes and Threads - Introduction to Threads

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Why might a browser application prefer to create each tab as a separate process instead of a thread?

Well, why might it? :grimacing:

My guess would be because the tabs don’t necessarily need to share information with each other. But what do I know?

I think that not only do they not need to share information, but they shouldn’t for the sake of security.
Imagine you have one tab open with sensitive information and accidentally open a tab that contains some malicious code, potentially the malicious tab might have access to the same data.

I would guess that this is the reason?

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I would add that while the tabs don’t necessarily need to share information with each other, that they should not because each tab should remain private from the other so as to minimize security concerns.