FireFox 4 sync feature

April 18, 2011   /   by Marco  / Categories :  Technology

If you’re a techie like me you probably have already tested and used the FireFox 4 sync feature. What do you like about it? Did you find it difficult to set up? Is it secure?

Those were some of the questions I asked myself post install.

But before I dwell into these questions let me quickly talk about this feature. The sync feature in the latest version of Firefox that allows you to manage, synchronise and access your boomarks, passwords, history and tabs from multiple locations. The feature syncs all this information with the cloud (mozilla servers). You can then pair your handheld device or another browser by using a sync key generated by your main browser. Handy huh.

So what do I like about this feature? Well, its convenient keeping bookmarks and passwords across all my browsers especially when I’m always on the go.

Initially, I thought the process of setting this up would be time consuming but after playing around it took me only a few minutes. The only drama is the fact that the sync key is quite long and its something you will not remember, so what I did was to email this to myself.

The last questioned bothered me and I started becoming a bit paranoid. Although saving passwords is convenient I don’t think its recommended. Just thinking about losing my mobile and some stranger accessing my phone content including passwords to websites makes my heart pound faster.

Then I thought about my work and home pc…what if someone accessed my computer whilst I walked away without locking the operating system… I don’t even want to think about this scenario.

So although the features are great, I wouldn’t recommend saving and synchronising passwords. Also, just be careful with what you do and where you go when you have this feature turned on especially when you synchronise your history as mozilla now has this information stored on their servers.

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