Xmarks – Browser Bookmark and Password Syncing

If you use multiple computers you might find it annoying that you have to maintain your bookmarks across them all or having to re-enter your credentials to login to various websites. At home I use Firefox and Chrome as my primary browsers as well as a portable version of Firefox when I am out and about. Keeping these synchronised manually would be a time consuming activity.

Thankfully, there is a solution.

Xmarks is a sync plug-in for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari and is available for Windows, MacOS X and Linux (depending on the availability of each browser for each operating system). The first time of use will take a little while to sync your data (including bookmarks, passwords and even tabs) to Xmarks but once that is done, Xmarks will make incremental updates between the Xmarks mothership and your browsers.

Another great feature is the ability to login and view your bookmarks online at the Xmarks website. This means you can access and maintain your bookmarks from on other computers where installing software may not be practical. There is also the ability to search your bookmarks on the website to help you find less frequently access bookmarks that may be buried several folders deep.

For the security conscious, you can even run your own Foxmarks server with which to sync your browsers so that your bookmarks and passwords are guaranteed to be kept private (even though your passwords are encrypted in transit to and from the mothership using an AES 256-bit cipher).

I’ve use Xmarks since Google Browser Sync was put to sleep and it has not skipped a beat. I love the convenience of having my bookmarks synchronised across all of my computers and browsers. An added benefit is that your bookmarks and password are safely backed up in the cloud so even if you do lose all of your computers,  your backups don’t work or you reformat on a frequent basis your information is still retrievable.

Give it a shot, you’ve got nothing to lose except your data if you don’t!

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