Firefox Sync - Take your bookmarks, tabs and personal information with you

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Firefox Sync is a service that lets you synchronize your bookmarks, history, passwords and open tabs with another copy of Firefox – like one on another computer or on a mobile phone. This article briefly explains how it all works and why you'd want to use it.

What does it do?

Fire​fox ​Sync​ lets​ you ​take​ all ​your​ Fire​fox ​data​ (such​ as your​ book​mark​s, history, pass​word​s and ​open​ tabs​) with​ you wherever​ you ​go. You ​​just set up ​Fire​fox ​Sync​ on your​ home computer​ and your​ Fire​fox ​data​ will​ be securely​ stored on our ​servers ​and ​synchronized automatically from​ then​ on. Then, when you set up Firefox Sync on your work computer (or even​ your​ phone running ​Fire​fox), your​ Firefox ​data​ will be automatically synchronized​ with​ your​ home​ computer​.

Why should I use it?

Firefox Sync makes it easy to surf the Web on your PC, get up and go and have everything (open tabs, saved passwords, browsing history and bookmarks) waiting for you on your phone just the way you left it. Ever tried typing in passwords or long URLs on your phone? Now you don't have to – Firefox Sync will fill them in for you! And what's more, the sync is two-way. So if you bookmark a great new site on your work computer, Firefox Sync will make sure that bookmark shows up on your computer at home.

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What is a Sync Key and why do I need one?

When you set up a Sync account we generate a long string of numbers and letters that we call a Sync Key. The Sync KeyRecovery Key is used to encrypt your data before it's sent to the Mozilla servers. Think of it as a key that locks your information in a vault that only you can open. This means that neither Mozilla nor anyone else can read your information without having your Sync KeyRecovery Key to unlock it.

Where's all my data?

It's encrypted with your Sync Key and safely stored on the Mozilla servers. Because Sync uses advanced security measures your information is never vulnerable to online bad guys or companies that will sell your information.

I'm having problems with Firefox Sync, what can I do?

These articles will help you solve issues with Sync: