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Google debuts Browser Sync for Firefox

updated 10:35 am EDT, Fri June 9, 2006

Google debuts Browser Sync

Google has released Google Browser Sync, a FireFox plug-in that keeps browser settings synchronized on multiple computer systems. The plug-in unifies bookmarks, history, saved passwords, and persistent cookies across all the computers where it is installed. Google Browser Sync remembers which tabs and windows were open when the user last closed the browser, offering the chance to reopen them. Google has also updated Google Toolbar for Firefox 2, fixing numerous bugs, increased stability, and bringing the program out of beta status. Both the plug-in and the Toolbar are available for free, and require the Firefox browser.

by MacNN Staff





  1. ronjamin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    When's Apple....

    Whens Apple going to get this without charging us for .MAC???

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969



    never. apple makes money off the stupid. google makes it available to everyone who is smart enough to install it. apple makes it easy for anyone, hence the charge.

  1. bjtwuk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Synchronized Passwords

    If this tool requires that I have a Google account, then am I correct in concluding that all of my bookmarks and saved passwords will be stored on Google's servers?

    What is the risk to everyone's privacy by having bookmarks and passwords for potentially millions of people stored on Google's servers?

    Will the Government eventually be provided all this data under the Patriot Act?

  1. Thorman777

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Security Admin thoughts

    I'm a security admin, and just wanted to make some observations from a government, enterprise perspective.

    1. Google will soon have numerous usernames and passwords to the internal network resources of corporations and governments around the world.

    2. Google will also, through stored bookmarks, know the browsing habits of particular people. They will have a profile of what is imporant enough to be bookmarked.

    3. Even if they resist the temptation to misuse the data they gather, they will be a rather juicy hacking target from individuals who are not restrained by a sense of morality.

    4. This is great way to get FireFox banned from enterprise networks, just when its beginning to gain a foothold. I can see host based intrusion prevention software being configured to deny use of FireFox, or this particular plug-in, throughout the enterprise.

    Please keep in mind that these comments are from a government, enterprise perspective. This technology can work well for home users, but for an enterprise security admin, its just another technology that will need to be evaluated, and possibly denied by policy and technology.

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