Google extension synchronizes Firefox settings
Google has made yet another new addition to its Labs website: Google
Browser Sync, an extension for Firefox that allows users to
synchronize browser settings across multiple machines. The extension
works by storing bookmarks, history, cookies, passwords, and even
browsing sessions on Google's servers and keeping the information
synchronized across a user's different computers. Naturally, some will
be inclined to cry foul due to privacy concerns, but Google appears to
have taken care of everything. All stored settings can be encrypted, and
the encryption relies on a client-side PIN or password defined during
the installation procedure. Google claims
encrypted data is "nearly impossible to interpret without the PIN," and
that "not even Google ... will be able to read your data."
Security concerns aside, the extension still isn't entirely polished
yet. Synchronization occurs when the browser starts, and Google says
Firefox's startup time is increased as a result. Users are told to
"please bear with us as we [Google] work to decrease this delay."
Nonetheless, Google Browser Sync does promise to give a helping hand to
users trying to keep track of their data across multiple PCs.