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Firefox Sync 1.8

Synchronise your Firefox-based information across your computers

by Chris Wiles

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
Requirements:

Firefox 3 or earlier

Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 15 January 2012
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Downloads To Date: 1675
Developer: Mozilla
RSS News Feed: http://labs.mozilla.com/blog/tag/weave/feed
Twitter Feed: http://twitter.com/firefox
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Firefox Sync
Firefox-only addon that enables you to keep your information synchronised between computers

Install Firefox on your work laptop and you’ll want to have access to the same bookmarks, preferences, standard form information and even your passwords. If you spend time browsing the same sites, you’ll want the browser to remember and store this information. Problem is that we might add a bookmark to Firefox on our desktop PC, then forget it’s not available on our laptop.

Firefox Sync is the solution. This is an official Firefox add-on from Mozilla that enables you to share your browser information across every edition of Firefox where you have Sync installed. You create an account, enter a unique username and dual-password, then on first run the information is stored on a secure remote server. Install Weave on another computer, log in, then the information is synchronised back to the new machine.

Firefox Sync will synchronise your bookmarks, stored passwords, the information you use regularly within web forms, some of your most important preferences, your browsing history and even your open tabs.

The biggest problem with using Firefox Sync is that it only synchronises your Firefox-based information. XMarks will attempt to synchronise information across your different web browsers.

Important: Firefox Sync is now built in to Firefox 4 onwards. This is included for legacy Firefox 3.x users only

Verdict:

Official addon from Mozilla that enables you to synchronise your Firefox information across your computers. Problem is, it only supports Firefox.

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