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Old 02-14-2015, 11:35 AM   #1
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Firefox Sync safety


Hi all,

I was wandering how well Firefox sync data is encryped, and if it would be foolish to allow it to sync on an unsecured network?

I have tried Googling this but have little background knowledge in online encryption beyond knowing that public password free networks are easy to listen to.

Thanks for any explanations!
 
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This article may help somewhat, though it doesn't answer your question directly: https://blog.mozilla.org/services/20...ecurity-model/

According to this, Firefox does encrypt synced data: http://www.pcworld.com/article/20394...-security.html

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Old 02-15-2015, 10:07 PM   #3
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I saw Mozilla's page on it, but it left questions unanswered. In the PCWorld article, I saw
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Firefox encrypts all synced data
, which was exactly what I was the most concerned about. I justed wanted to know one couldn't sniff the packets and get unencypted Sync data with my passwords and browsing history.

Thanks for helping with a polite demeanor. The internet lacks that too much at times.

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You're welcome.

Frankly, that's one of the things that convinced me to stick around here at LQ when I was a newbie. It is easily the friendliest Linux forum on the web. Occasionally, someone gets kind of short, but it's very very rare to see nasty.
 
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Some users do get a little annoyed at confusion. I would like to do more than ask questions once in a while or answer the polls for entertainment, but usually am too busy. But I do like it around here, and try to participate when I can.
 
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I learned long ago, you do what you can and that's all that you can do.
 
Old 02-17-2015, 11:14 PM   #7
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