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Google Browser Sync For FireFox

 11:32 am on Jun 8, 2006 (gmt 0)



Google Browser Sync for Firefox is an extension that continuously synchronizes your browser settings; including bookmarks, history, persistent cookies, and saved passwords; across your computers.

[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 2:42 pm (utc) on June 8, 2006]



 7:59 am on Jun 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

If you only want the bookmark sync feature (to your own server) then i'd recommend searching the Firefox extensions for Bookmarks Synchronizer 3 (currently v1.0.2).

I use it to sync 4 pc's effortlessly.


 12:56 pm on Jun 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'm clearly in the "this is evil" camp, but I'm also intrigued by some of the responses I see here. I'll buy there's a need to sync your "work" computer and "home" computer problem that this program solves. However I see some of you are logging in on 4 and 5 different computers, and it just doesn't make sense to me. If you were leading a "portable" lifestyle wouldn't a laptop be the best solution?

Now I'm not trying to be a wise-@ss just learn something. Why are you logging into these computers? Are you checking company sales, affiliate sales, Adsense stats, Adwords spends, or are you just doing more casual things like checking email and reading RSS? Where are you logging into these computers, are they "safe" from social-engineering and things like shoulder surfing and hardware/software keyword loggers?


 2:59 pm on Jun 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

However I see some of you are logging in on 4 and 5 different computers, and it just doesn't make sense to me

In my case it's mostly between one computer but two operating systems. Try as I might, I have not been able to get Firefox in Linux to read the Firefox settings from the windows partition, neither can I make it work in reverse. That means just switching OS can mean all bookmarks, cookies, passwords, etc. being unavailable.

Sometimes also use my wife's laptop for various reasons...


 10:33 pm on Jun 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

Doesn't that bother anybody, at least on principle, that they're training everyone to be lazy with their identity? ...but I think consumers deserve accountability and I don't see ANY coming out of Google . . . just promises that they're not going to 'do evil.' Hints too omenously of irony for my blood.

This is exactly the point. For a company that recently sold out as quick as they could to the Chinese government, they were quicker than most to abandon their stated feelgood aim of doing no evil. If they're prepared to do that with a government like that I doubt they'd have any qualms about selling any of the rest of us down the river.

Google trade on their funky, happening image, which is at odds with the kind of machine they're becoming. They have also positioned themselves well within the market, especially via the deals they've done with Dell etc. This puts them in a postion to know quite a bit about people who might be ignorant about the fact they're being monitored.

Given how ready they were to give in to the Chinese they evidently can't be trusted. Much of the Google toolbar pre-installed stuff is about exploiting peoples ignorance of computers to gain a foothold as it is about "challenging Microsoft", or whatever other fantasy they're peddling today. A far cry from the days when they felt being the best was the aim.

As for accountability Google aren't even able to tell people some basic facts about their recent woeful track record with regards to the aftermath of Big Daddy, so I doubt it'll be any different with the mountain of personal info they can access. The best they've managed so far is to leak info using an employees blog. Big Brother indeed.


 1:03 am on Jun 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

Try as I might, I have not been able to get Firefox in Linux to read the Firefox settings from the windows partition

For this to work, firefox profile directory must be located in a fat32 or ext2/3 partition. There is a workable xp/2000 ext2 file system driver, but for most users, just stick to fat32.

Once you have the profile moved to that, make sure it's all working from windows. Then create symbolic links in your linux firefox profile directory to the relevant files in the fat32 profile. In other words, replace all the files, like bookmarks.html, cookies, etc, that are required [I think it's about 6 or so] with symbolic links to the real files in the fat32 profile directory.

There is no currently safe way to write to ntfs from linux, so don't bother trying to find one.

That's about it.

As to giving google more data, no thanks, this was a bad idea when Microsoft thought of it, what was it called, passport? and it's a bad idea when google thinks of it.

If I was storing this on my own servers and grabbing it on firefox start or something it might be ok, but it's not something I'd trust in general.

Once your data is off your machine you no longer are protected by any privacy laws, it's fair game to anyone who can come up with a reason to look at it. Same problem is in webmail too, but most people aren't aware of that issue.


 2:07 am on Jun 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

after I install this extension, my firefox crashes when opening yahoo mail beta. it happens all the time...but problem solved after I remove it.

JAB Creations

 12:11 pm on Jun 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

Does it synch GUI settings and extensions as well? For example I have my GUI setup (text labels in addition to the icons).

My navigation bar left to right: back, forward, stop, reload, seperator, bookmarks, downlaods, history, new tab, new window, print, dynamic space, search, dynamic space, useragent switcher.

Would this extension synch the GUI from the default to mine for example? Would it install the other extensions I already have as well?

- John


 9:39 pm on Jun 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

too much paranoia is a bad thing

Well, just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean that people aren't out to get you.


 9:42 pm on Jun 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

How do I config this extension if I want it to always copy a new list from the server when I connect without saving the set of bookmarks that are already in the browser?

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