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Firefox Sync - Is it a Backup service or Not?

I always thought Firefox Sync was kind of a backup service. Today I was disappointed to learn that Firefox Sync cannot be trusted as a backup service. A search for “firef… (read more)

I always thought Firefox Sync was kind of a backup service. Today I was disappointed to learn that Firefox Sync cannot be trusted as a backup service.

A search for “firefox sync” finds 2,929 results in Community Discussion Only.

As late as 2/2/23, Top 10 Contributor Paul says: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1404105#answer-1563509

“It appears from your question, that you are using Firefox Sync as a back up service. This is not what Sync is designed to do. The Firefox Sync service takes a copy of the data you wish to include and transfers it to a second device... The storage in between all attached devices is both temporary and fragile and is not stable enough to be (and is not designed as) a reliable backup service.”

I looked through all the Mozilla Help Articles I could find about Firefox Sync. Not one of them mentions that Firefox Sync should not be relied upon as a backup service.

Then I found this blog searching Google: “The Future of Sync”. https://blog.mozilla.org/services/2020/09/15/the-future-of-sync/

In the blog, JR Conlin says, among other things: “A New Hope Service: A lot of folks expected it to be a Backup service. The good news is, now it is a backup service. Sync is more reliable now.”

JR Conlin posted the above blog in Sept 2020. Is there anyone who can comment on JR Conlin’s statement or the progress of his and his team’s work?

Thank You to all volunteers.

Asked by Stone 1 day ago

Last reply by Paul 1 day ago

Downloading FLAC files

Hello. I have recently not been able to download to my old iMac. I am using Firefox 78.15.0esr (64-bit), which is supposedly up to date. My download folder has always bee… (read more)

Hello. I have recently not been able to download to my old iMac. I am using Firefox 78.15.0esr (64-bit), which is supposedly up to date. My download folder has always been the designated location for downloads. I am trying for the past few days to download from Neil Young Archives. I have successfully downloaded from them in the past. I refreshed my browser, and the problem seemed to clear up, as the My Downloads folder on the NYA site showed my purchases and responded to me clicking the download button, but the download failed;I got a message that the source folder could not be found, and only a small .zip file appeared in my macs download folder. Then I tried again, and the NYA downloading process ran, but nothing appeared on my computer and the download progress arrow showed no activity. I don't know if this is a Firefox issue, a Neil Young Archives issue, or what, but I am befuddled. Please advise if you can. Thank you. --Brian Irving

Asked by briandirving 1 month ago

Last reply by Dropa 1 month ago

Deleting old email address which is obsolete

The original way I set up my account was with [edited] @unseen.is; showing with the little icon next to it in the upper right corner of the page (Lockwise) That ISP is no… (read more)

The original way I set up my account was with [edited] @unseen.is; showing with the little icon next to it in the upper right corner of the page (Lockwise)

That ISP is no longer functioning. Therefore, when signing in, the prompt says, to "check my email". But of course I can't because it no longer exists!

I can't seem to figure out how to change it to This one from which I'm sending this message from: [edited] @proton.me

However I did change the https://accounts.firefox.com in the Firefox Lockwise. (See attached image)

Asked by gfx52 2 months ago

Last reply by Dropa 2 months ago

Firefox is blocking access to Astound/wave.mail

Firefox is denying access to Astound/wave mail. About 3 days ago Firefox posted a warning: Potential Security Risk Ahead. I am wondering if my recent activity is the caus… (read more)

Firefox is denying access to Astound/wave mail. About 3 days ago Firefox posted a warning: Potential Security Risk Ahead. I am wondering if my recent activity is the cause. On October 23 my MasterCard account was charged $2.99 by a firm in Cyprus. MasterCard is investigating, and suggested that the card be cancelled, with a new card to arrive in the mail. They also advised that I alert my contacts that use MasterCard. In that process I attempted to change my password with Astound/Wave. But, every time I tried is was rejected. I Tried about a dozen times, one attempt right after another. I am thinking that that activity alerted Firefox that someone, other than me, was attempting to learn my information. Just seeing a dozen actions in a brief amount of time should have caused concern for me.

Is this possibly why Firefox is blocking our access to Astound/WAve mail?

Craig George

Asked by dana-craig 3 months ago

Last reply by cor-el 3 months ago

Firefox 78.15.0esr – glitches since approx 24 SEP 2022

I'm running Firefox 78.15.0esr on El Capitan 10.11.6 on my Mac Pro 4,1, 2009, because they are the last updates the computer can run. Since approx 24 Sept, 10 days ago, I… (read more)

I'm running Firefox 78.15.0esr on El Capitan 10.11.6 on my Mac Pro 4,1, 2009, because they are the last updates the computer can run.

Since approx 24 Sept, 10 days ago, I'v consistently been experiencing two types of glitch:

1. I can't UPLOAD photos to web sites. One says 'parse error'. Interestingly, the same is happening on WhatsApp (version 2.2236.10).

2. On some websites – a minority, but including Google sites – pages either don't load at all, they hang when loading, or they load without graphics content, or they load completely 'ASCII'.

I'm wondering whether it's either 1. a tweak in Firefox, or 2. a tweal in Mac OS 10.11.6, or 3. some other in global internet protocols that my old browser and old WhatsApp can't cope with

...or something else. Is the same happening to anyone else? Any ideas, anyone?

Asked by notify.185.mcc 4 months ago

Last reply by jscher2000 - Support Volunteer 3 months ago

default to a chinese website?

When I enter the address of a website that I like the browser opens a chinese version of the same website. I try changing the address repeatedly and it always goes to th… (read more)

When I enter the address of a website that I like the browser opens a chinese version of the same website. I try changing the address repeatedly and it always goes to the chinese website.

www.lomography.com goes to lomography.cn automatically. I can't change it.

I want to view the website in English (US).

Been trying to find my way through controls to change this but to no avail.

What do I do?

Asked by pgatlarge 4 months ago

Last reply by jonzn4SUSE 4 months ago

Can't access eBay on my desktop

I am no longer able to log in to eBay using Firefox. I am using Firefox 78.15esu bc I have an older Mac that will only support up to Mac OSX 10.11. I was able to use eB… (read more)

I am no longer able to log in to eBay using Firefox. I am using Firefox 78.15esu bc I have an older Mac that will only support up to Mac OSX 10.11. I was able to use eBay up until this morning when the site asked me to log in again... and verify that I am indeed a human through the hCaptcha checker. The checker cycles between identifying horses and lions... and every time, I seem to pass but then comes the message "Failed to pass Captcha, Please try again." I can access eBay using Safari and Chrome. Right before the failure today, the rendering of the eBay pages was odd... needed 3x the screen width to see the whole page. eBay says that the problem is on the Mozilla side of this issue... mostly because I can use a different browser without problem. I think I am in agreement with them. I don't really want to use a different browser but I will bc I like eBay, too. Please advise.

Asked by stephen_davidson 4 months ago

Last reply by cor-el 4 months ago

logins

firefox had me refresh browser and it updated or so,ething... and all my login user information including passwords were dumped... i have old user data but cant figure ou… (read more)

firefox had me refresh browser and it updated or so,ething... and all my login user information including passwords were dumped... i have old user data but cant figure out how to copy login and key files from old user data file to my current/only profile

Asked by rev.420 4 months ago

Last reply by cor-el 4 months ago

Netflix saying, "Looks like your browser is no longer supported. Error Code F7121-3078" after latest Widevine update

I have the latest version of Firefox 78.15.0esr (64-bit) on my Macbook Pro. Netflix says, "Looks like your browser is no longer supported. Please install the latest ver… (read more)

I have the latest version of Firefox 78.15.0esr (64-bit) on my Macbook Pro. Netflix says, "Looks like your browser is no longer supported. Please install the latest version or install another browser. Error Code F7121-3078" (see image 1).

Netflix streaming works fine on Opera, but I can't get it working on Firefox, even though it was working fine on Firefox a couple of days ago (Sept 15, 2022). Any help you can offer would be appreciated very much. I have two plug ins: Facebook Container and EFF Privacy Badger. There is no update available to update Firefox. It appears that when the new version of Widevine updated yesterday (see image 2), the browser stopped working for streaming on Netflix. Widevine version 4.10.2209.1 (updated Sept 16, 2022).

Asked by ramseyrabie 4 months ago

Last reply by James 4 months ago

How do I stop Firefox from adding “HTTP” or “HTTPS” to a URL address?

I need to access an essential security device that has an address similar to my modem, with numbers and periods only. But Firefox consistently adds either "HTTP" or "HTT… (read more)

I need to access an essential security device that has an address similar to my modem, with numbers and periods only. But Firefox consistently adds either "HTTP" or "HTTPS" to the address, so Firefox says, “Unable to connect.” I am able to access my modem page without Firefox adding anything to the address. The instructions I found (at Support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/https-only-prefs) say to disable or insert exceptions in the “HTTPS only" option on the “Privacy and Security” section of Firefox Preferences. However, there is NO "HTTPS only" selection in my Preferences (Version 78.150esr). The other suggestion, to “Click the Lock icon in the address bar,” will not work because there is no Lock icon in the address bar with this address. I have "Use the address bar for search. . ." unchecked in the "Search" section of Firefox Preferences. I also tried unchecking “Provide search suggestions,” disabling all of my Firefox extensions, and using “non-private browsing” mode. Safari browser will not connect to this URL either. Help!

Asked by katb1 5 months ago

Last reply by cor-el 5 months ago

sycning two firefox accounts

Hi I accidently unistalled firefox on my macbook pro, I had to re install. I had to sign back inot fire fox by creating a new account under robinpegden@icloud,com. I al… (read more)

Hi

I accidently unistalled firefox on my macbook pro, I had to re install. I had to sign back inot fire fox by creating a new account under robinpegden@icloud,com.

I already had a firefox under this user name. Can you link my old account so I can transfer all book marks saved etc? thank you.

My email address is above

Asked by robinpegden 5 months ago

Last reply by cor-el 5 months ago

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Firefox Yelp not displaying Yelp search data, blank window!

https://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=homeservices&find_loc=Solano%20County%2C%20CA Using Firefox I can no longer search for Yelp support. Blank, empty windows. … (read more)

https://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=homeservices&find_loc=Solano%20County%2C%20CA

Using Firefox I can no longer search for Yelp support.

Blank, empty windows.

Asked by rlmrlm 6 months ago

Last reply by cor-el 6 months ago