Remember that the bookmarking and password syncing service Xmarks nearly shut down last year?
This would have meant some work for users who were using the cross-browser service to sync their data.
The company behind the free password manager Last Pass bought Xmarks and integrated the product into their line of services. And all was good.
Experts who look closely at both services notice at least one feature that is supported by Last Pass and Xmarks: Password synchronization. Both Last Pass and Xmarks can synchronize passwords, and it seems that the new owners have made the decision to remove the password sync feature from Xmarks.
The Foxmarks Wiki reads:
The Xmarks Password Sync feature will be removed January 30, 2011. We are strongly encouraging all users migrate to LastPass for this feature!
While this has to be taken with a grain of salt, as everyone can add and edit pages, it would make sense from a business point of view. the benefits should be clear:
Another indication that password sync will be removed from Xmarks is an entry in the changelog which reads: "LastPass' password sync is now preferred".
Password Sync is working fine in Xmarks as of now, even though there was a problem with the recent Chrome extension which the developers fixed soon thereafter.
What should users do who use Xmarks to sync their passwords? They should wait for an official confirmation first before they do anything.
The wiki entry suggests to install LastPass for Firefox and import the data from Firefox. This way all Xmark's passwords are automatically imported into the Last Pass password manager. Xmarks obviously needs to be installed as well. (via)
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