After spending years in beta, Mozilla’s Weave synchronization tool is finally out in a new version 1.0. Firefox users who tote multiple devices will especially take to the extension, which is slated to eventually track and sync all your Firefox preferences.

After spending years in beta, Mozilla’s Weave synchronization tool is finally out in a new version 1.0. Installable as a free extension for Firefox, Weave synchronizes your bookmarks, saved passwords, browsing history and open browser tabs — keeping all your personal data encrypted.

I’ve been taking Weave for a spin, and have found it to be very intuitive. As is true of XMarks, which works with Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari — but concentrates primarily on syncing browser bookmarks — Weave is likely to be especially appreciated by users who want to keep passwords, preferences and personal data uniform across multiple devices. The more mobile devices you use, the more you’ll like it. Weave is available in Firefox through the Tools menu, as seen below.

Once you install Weave (you need Firefox 3.5 or greater), you need to sign in and create an account, after which preferences you save will be stored in the cloud. For those who balk at having personal information stored online, there is an option for setting Weave up on a local server.

If you, as I do, favor Firefox (or the Fennec browser from Mozilla), Weave is likely to become your synchronization tool of choice, as it’s especially attuned to preferences that you set in the browser. According to Mozilla’s post announcing it, “future releases of Weave Sync will add support for synchronizing your browser add-ons, search plugins and other customizations and ultimately everything that makes your Firefox and Web experience personal.”

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  1. weave is amazing …..you can run your own weave server too if you are concerned about privacy or in corporate environment ……this fill huge gap when google abandoned its browser sync project

  2. You did not mention the main difference – your data is encrypted with additional user key in Wave; it is NOT encrypted on Xmarks (in fact Xmarks reads and analyses users bookmarks).

  3. Sebastian Rupley Friday, January 29, 2010

    @Ian, good point. Thanks.


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  5. Mozilla firefox is my No1 browser, weave is going into it ASAP.

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  8. Anonymous Proxies Sunday, February 28, 2010

    Just as Firefox started becoming the browser of choice, Chrome came into the picture and more and more people are dubbing it their fav. It doesn’t have nearly the add-ons that Firefox has yet but they’re coming quick. Haven’t tried Weave but syncing your data can be extremely useful and nix some headaches! It’s important to keep all of your info as safe as possible seeing how simple, innocent, browsing sometimes isn’t safe anymore.

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