Thursday, December 2, 2010

Going to the Cloud: Browser sync

A couple of days ago, I wrote a post announcing the start of a new series about Going to the Cloud. Here it is then. The first thing I'm talking about is online browser sync, which probably almost everyone is already using.

If you have read the previous article, you must know that the world is slowly going online, as the Internet is becoming more and more ubiquitous. Web browsers are the most important thing in the world then. So much that there are operating systems being made that are completely based on a web browser.

What is online browser sync?
If you really don't know, this is a system where your web browser syncs all your settings, passwords, bookmarks etc. to the cloud and you can sync it back to the same, or in some cases, even different browsers on another computer. You're probably using it already. If not, and you find yourself using multiple computers, you should. It is really very useful.

How do I sync my browser?
There are many browsers out there that have their own synchronization services. Google Chrome has it's own sync feature. You just use your Google Account. Mozilla Firefox is getting an inbuilt sync feature in the next version too. If you're not using the beta, there is an add-on available. Opera has it too.

If you are not using Firefox, Opera or Chrome, or if you use different browsers, you still have options available. There's a service called XMarks. Depending on your browser, it can sync almost anything. From bookmarks to history to even open tabs.

That was just the beginning. Browser syncing is an easy way to start getting onto the cloud. Most people are already doing it. So stay tuned until next time, when I write about other easy ways to start using the cloud for your digital life.

Update: Here's the next article in the series.

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