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Sync Firefox with Google Browser Sync in Ubuntu

Posted by chantra on June 19th, 2007

If you have ever worked on multiple workstations you know the headache associated with keeping your bookmarks, cookies and passwords synchronized across all of your workstations. Fortunately, Google has a Browser Sync Extension for Firefox to maintain synchronization across all of your machines automatically. Here are the instructions on how to setup and use the Google Browser Sync for UBUNTU.

These instructions are specifically for UBUNTU but the operation works for any OS.

Point your browser to Google Browser Sync and under Install Now click the browsersync.xpl link.

Click Agree and Install.

A popup will appear with the name of the extension you are trying to install. Click the Install Now button.

After downloading and installing the extension, Firefox will restart. When Firefox launches again you will see the Setup Wizard for the Google Browser Sync Extension. Click Next.

You will then be prompted for your Gmail username and password, if you don’t have a Gmail account click on the link to create one.

Select the Advanced button to set the preferences you want for synchronization and then click Next.

You will have to then set a PIN number when you set other computers to sync your settings. Click Next once you have done so. The PIN is used to encrypt the data if you place a check in the option to encrypt the data.

Then click Finish.

When Firefox loads you will have to again accept the license agreement. Click on Agree and Install.

You will notice at the top right hand corner of the browser you account name. If you click it you will get the settings menu. Click it. From this menu you can configure which options you want synchronized. You may also specify if you want to encrypt the data. Click OK when you are done.

“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. It also allows you to restore open tabs and windows across different machines and browser sessions.”

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