I'm using Firefox on my desktop computer and on my Toshiba notebook. They have been running independently for some time until I realized that it would make more sense to sync the Firefox profiles to use the same bookmarks, passwords and cookies on both computers.
The Google Browser Sync extension - which I discovered at the Firefox Mastery website - is the best solution in my situation. It requires an Google account but makes it very easy to sync the data between computers. All you need to do is to install the Google Browser Sync add-on on all computers that you use Firefox and let it sync Bookmarks, Cookies, Passwords, History and Windows automatically.
Data is encrypted to make sure that no one will be able to spy on that data while syncing it. I especially like that this is an automated process that is started whenever Firefox is started. No need to configure scheduled synchronizations using external applications, it's all there already.
It does not even matter if you use different operating systems because the extension works on all of them.
Update: The Google browser sync extension is no longer available for the Firefox web browser. Firefox users have other options at their disposal. First Firefox Sync, a native data synchronization client that they can use to sync their profile with the cloud and other Firefox installations. Firefox Sync currently supports the synchronization of bookmarks, passwords, extensions, the browser history and a number of additional information.
A second option are third party cloud storage services. This is a bit trickier depending on the service. Some service allow the synchronization of select folders on the system, which is the best option. Cubby for instance provides that feature. Others on the other hand only sync files inside a root folder, which would mean that users would need to move the Firefox profile folder into that root folder to make use of the feature.Advertisement
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