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June 08, 2006

My Most Wished For Firefox Extension Finally Comes To Be

Google Browser Sync is a Firefox extension that continuously synchronizes your browser settings including bookmarks, history, persistent cookies, and saved passwords across all your computers. It also allows you to restore open tabs and windows across different machines and browser sessions.

I've been wishing for something that could do this for a long time! BUT, keep in mind that Google Browser Sync is in beta and still has a few issues. In any case, boy its nice to have it even in this state!

One of its draw backs is it must upload and download information from Google to update your browser settings whenever you start Firefox. This will increase the start-up time of Firefox (the time between clicking on the Firefox icon and loading your start page.) However, Google says they're working on decreasing this delay.

Some tinfoil hat wearing privacy advocates are suggesting that you think about letting a third party such as Google have access to all your passwords, bookmarks, cookies, and history BUT you are given the option to encrypt any information submitted and stored on Google's servers. Personally, I have no concern about what Google may [IMHO won't] do with it but I still enabled the encryption to protect my data while it is being transmitted to Google, as I'm not always using private networks.

Must Have Firefox Extensions Updated
Today, I've updated my Must Have Firefox Extensions list to include Google Browser Sync and a few other new or recently discovered extensions. I've also better organized the list and removed extensions that have been come buggy, outdated, or have been replaced by better alternatives.

If you're not using Firefox, you're really missing out! Now, more than ever.

Posted in Firefox , Google , Software & Downloads by usrbingeek at 2006-06-08 12:27 ET (GMT-5) | 0 Comments | Permalink



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