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Old 08-24-2017, 12:15 PM   #1
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Firefox Sync


I'm thinking about switching from Chrome/Chromium to Firefox, in part because it's not made by Google. I'm currently using Chromium on Debian and Chrome on MacOS. I recently learned about Firefox's sync feature. After got a Firefox account, I received this bit of information from Firefox:

"permanently backed up, it's simply a secure way to transfer saved bookmarks, history and passwords between your devices. You should install Firefox and sync at least two devices to protect against losing your data if you need to restore it but forget your password"

Does this mean that the syncing feature with Firefox is decentralized, meaning that the synced stuff is transferred directly between devices with a server in the middle? If so, does that mean the two (or more) devices need to be on the same network or simply connected to the Internet at the same time?
 
Old 08-24-2017, 03:49 PM   #2
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The sync goes through Mozilla servers, so the two devices only need to be active and on the internet at the same time. They do NOT need to be on the same network, or even on the same continent.

Be aware, the sync has worked correctly between my old work (Windows) desktop (now defunct) and multiple work (Windows) and personal (Linux) laptops. The sync does NOT fully work to my phone.

(If only there was a Chrome plugin to make it also able to sync with Mozilla, that would be sweet!)
 
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Old 08-24-2017, 08:19 PM   #3
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I use Firefox sync for bookmarks and add-ons. In my experience, it works very nicely, including with Firefoxes in my VMs (once I'm signed in).
 
Old 08-25-2017, 04:44 AM   #4
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(If only there was a Chrome plugin to make it also able to sync with Mozilla, that would be sweet!)

Have a look at XMarks, haven't used it in years myself (I stick to FF) but it always used to be pretty good
 
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Have a look at XMarks, haven't used it in years myself (I stick to FF) but it always used to be pretty good
I am currently using xmarks and lastpass, not because they are better than sync but because they work with Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. One thing you want NOT to do is mix xmarks and sync. Always configure sync to NOT sync bookmarks before you enable xmarks, or they will collide and cause massive bookmark duplication. Were I using Firefox everywhere, I would be quite happy without xmarks. Lastpass gives you a web window into your passwords and password management that has value not matched by sync, making it worthwhile for me even when using sync. YMMV
 
  


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