Weave Sync: Firefox Add-on to Encrypt and Synchronize
Article by George Norman
On 31 Mar 2009
Weave Sync, which recently reached version 0.3.0, is a an add-on developed by Mozilla Labs for the Firefox web browser that is meant to encrypt and synchronize your Firefox experience across multiple browsers – all done in a safe and secure manner. To put it in a simpler, easier to under manner, you can sync the Firefox browser you have installed on your home system with the Firefox browser on your laptop, workstation, and mobile phone so that you can safely experience the same usability no matter where you are. You can synchronize the following: bookmarks, browsing history, saved passwords, tabs.

"Weave Sync is a prototype that encrypts and securely synchronizes the Firefox experience across multiple browsers, so that your desktop, laptop and mobile phone can all work together. It is part of the Weave project, which aims to integrate services more closely with the browser. What is Weave Sync all about? In short, Weave Sync lets you securely take your Firefox experience with you to all your Firefox browsers — including our mobile browser, codenamed Fennec. It currently supports continuous synchronization of your bookmarks, browsing history, saved passwords and tabs,” explains Mozilla Labs.


Here is a list of features you can expect to get from the Weave Sync Firefox add-on:
- The Smart Location Bar will display the same results across platforms.
- Open tabs will be synchronized so that you can seamlessly continue your work while switching from one platform to another.
- The bookmarks you have saved in one browser will be made available on all other platforms. This feature is reminiscent of Xmarks, the add-on that syncs your bookmarks, and has some other useful features – details here.
- The passwords you have stored on your home desktop will be made available for the Firefox browser you have installed on your laptop, or on your smartphone.
- Do it all in a safe manner as Weave Sync encrypts the user data uploaded to Mozilla servers.

With Weave Sync version 0.3.0 you get the following enhancements: improved reliability and performance, support for Fennec and the 0.3 server architecture.

If you would like to get Weave Sync, a download location is available here.
You will also need Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 – a detailed presentation of this version of the Firefox browser, including a download location is available here.

Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, Weave Sync
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