I’m great fan of synchronizing data like files, folders across multiple computers or devices for faster and secured use of the resources. Previously, I’ve written various articles about the data synchronization software Dropbox. I also wrote an article on synchronizing data between Google Docs and Dropbox.
Another interesting fact on data sync is synchronizing your browsing data like the browsing history, passwords, bookmarks between the Firefox browsers across multiple computers or devices. The data replication between Firefox definitely makes you easy and faster when you are with multiple devices,computers having connected with internet.
Firefox Sync is a built-in feature of Firefox 4 that manages and syncs your browsing elements and credentials across the devices. Hence, to get started with this new sync feature, download Firefox 4 Beta for free. Once you are done with the download and installed it successfully in your computer, create a Sync account from Tools > Setup Sync at Firefox menu. You can go through the following steps in way to setup the Sync account from your computer.
- Click on Tools > Setup Sync and you should get a window asking you to create a new account. Click on the “Create a New Account” button.
- Put your email address, password, confirmation password at the Account Details window. Here, your personal server could be set for the synchronizing server. By default Firefox provides it. You can change it and select your own from the dropdown box though. Click Next.
- Now your account will be created and you will be given a unique sync key for your privacy. i.e if you want to synchronize your data in Firefox on a different computer, you must give that sync key. So it is well enough to understand that how much essential the sync key is. Save it to your computer or keep a print out of it by clicking on the Save button or Print button respectively and click Next.
- As Firefox is too much alerted on the issue of spammer, it requires you to fill out a Captcha code in the next step.
- After filling the correct Captcha code click on the Next button and then click the Finish button to complete.
Note: If you are still on the lower version like Firefox 3.0 or higher but less that version 4.0 you can download the extension to your desktop from here. The downloaded file is XPI file. To install that extension, click on the file and select to open it with Firefox. Firefox will start the installation procedure.
Once the extension gets installed, you can create the new sync account following the above steps.
Connecting a computer with your sync account
In the new computer open Firefox and go to Tools > Options. At the Options window
- Flip to the Sync tab and click Set Up Firefox Sync.
- Now click on I Have A Firefox Sync Account and put your sync account email address and password then click Next.
- It will ask you to put your sync key. Put down the key that you saved previously and click on Next.
- After it accepts your key, you will get the setup completion message and click finish to get started with the synchronization.
Learn more about connecting devices like iPhone, Android etc. from here.