Thursday, September 23, 2010

Xmarks: Sync your bookmarks between browsers and computers

Xmarks is a FREE bookmark syncing browser add-on that allows you to sync between different browsers and computers.  It's compatible with Firefox, Chrome, IE, and Safari.

Using it is very simple.  Go to Xmarks' website and download the appropriate add-on for your browser here: http://download.xmarks.com/download/all .  Next, create an Xmarks account and sync your bookmarks to the Xmarks cloud.

Once you have your bookmarks synced to the Xmarks cloud, all you have to do is install the Xmarks add-on to each browser and/or computer you use and sync that specific install with your Xmarks account.  Whenever you add a new bookmark to any of your browsers, the change will sync to the cloud and then update when you open the other browsers on the same computer or different computer.

I've found Xmarks to be most helpful when using a work computer and home computer.  If I'm using my work computer and find something that I want to bookmark, I just bookmark it the conventional way (protip: CTRL+D on PC and CMD+D on Mac are the default shortcuts for bookmarking in browsers), and when I open the browser on my home computer, it will sync with Xmarks and show my new bookmark.

Syncing is very easy with Xmarks.

Xmarks also gives you the option of syncing your passwords.  In regards to storing passwords, Xmarks says: "Password Sycnhronization encrypts your passwords using a secret PIN of your choosing before they ever leave your computer. This ensures that nobody but you, not even Xmarks, can gain access to your passwords."  (On a side note, I store my forum passwords in Xmarks but not others since I like to think storing them in my head is most trustworthy.)

If you're currently a Xmarks user, have you had positive/negative experiences with this service?  Please share your thoughts.

102 comments:

Splash87 said...

I have been using this program for a few months now and I LOVE it. Helps me keep my desktop and laptop in sync and gives me a remote backup just in case. Can't speak for how it works for other browsers but I haven't had a problem with it in Firefox.

Souf. said...

Awesome program. I'll check this one out.

Joshua said...

There's a new feature in Firefox 4 beta that allows you to sync information between computers but I think its limited to just firefox. This however I'll give a test on a few machines.

Biff Tanner said...

Damn this is some hot shit.

Teegs said...

This seems like an uber helpful program. Idk how many times I've wanted my bookmarks while at a friends house or school. Def supporting this.

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ramrod360 said...

This is pretty awesome. I'll have to try this out.

Executive said...

Nice post!

The Loon said...

hohoho, nice! although, I kinda have all the shit I need to know memorized. lol

Silly Old Bum said...

i can't import bookmarks from safari to chrome..maybe this could help me:(

Austin Da Silveira said...

ah cool stuff, if I used anything other than Chrome i'd really consider giving it a shot

haiguize said...

oh i got a new computer recently and only figured how to transfer my bookmarks to firefox, this is a great help!

chasityxo said...

i have never heard of it until now! thanks tho, i will have to try it out!

Randy Weezner said...

been looking for one of these forawhile

Drackar said...

I've always kinda wanted to use something like this.

Mantooth said...

Oh damn, that's pretty handy.

BobComboBreaker said...

woah, I'm gonna download this. Thanks!

Sadistic said...

aahhh this would be so handy.

bezzare said...

Hmmm thats quite useful thanks for the info

ChaosReaper said...

Pretty awesome find, man! Thanks alot!

netz3r0 said...

lol oh wow i did not know that, good post! :D

cooperlife said...

I don't need this though.

Zerron said...

helpful stuff thanks dude

Erroneous Maximus said...

Great idea and another great post. Cheers!

Oscar said...

ahhh i have sooo many damn bookmarks

superturbocharged said...

This looks like a good program, I've been looking for something like this.

Crunky said...

I renamed my computer to Titanic... it's syncing nao...

Jesus love you said...

Pretty sweet program helped me out a lot.

Sethisto said...

Pretty cool. I don't have any bookmarks though :x

Kagi Omiya said...

That's pretty awesome. And useful. -downloads- Keep stuff like this coming! Always refreshing to hear from someone who feels that Macs and PCs can co-exist. <3

november17 said...

handy info

Steve said...

Macs and PC's coexisting?! No way!

izmeer said...

Awesome, thanks for the tip

Pig Disgusting said...

nice find. even tho i dont use mac.

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Japannews said...

interesting stuff

Strife-face said...

I lost all my bookmarks when I reformatted my hard disk

LoneIslander said...

Looks interesting. Might try it out when I get the chance.

Vuh Nilla said...

Nice to find a mac head, the fact you think the music I post is GREAT! Working on a hackintosh and a new album of my own (To Be Released probably late this year). Thanks for reading :)

Daytona Jones said...

looks like a cool program, but I dont know if bookmarks are that important to me.

David Davidson said...

Doesn't Firefox already have something like this?

Geek's Paradise said...

Awesome. I'm gonna check this out.

tienstormirk said...

thanks! I will definitely give this program a try.

Skunkfunk said...

I use this and it's very good, I recommend it to anybody who needs it :)

August said...

Hey this is actually really resourceful stuff right here. It's awesome to find this kinda content. Keep it up man

Netto Hikari said...

Cool post.

iMonei said...

useful as aöways

Beño said...

what do you reckon about harmony between pc, mac and linux?

oh captain my captain said...

speaking of bookmarks... :)

Randy Weezner said...

i should get it

Wafflehaus said...

Did you write this?

Shane said...

This is just what i need

Clox said...

I am totally trying this, what a cool thing!

AnbuJustin said...

this is a really good tip thanks bro. Been looking for somethign like this for my laptop! you should do more of these cool programs for your posts

Megaviljami said...

Seems really useful, good post man

Michele said...

Nice post

Djoni Vejn said...

great post

Naj said...

actually you can import your bookmark from one browser to another without using any third party program.

nuttinbutapeanut said...

Can't you just copy the favorites file and import it?

Airmac said...

Nice information right there mate !

Come At Me Bro said...

I need to try this!

Hitman said...

Nice post!

TSFan said...

sounds like a cool program, but, i don't use bookmarks :/

David said...

Thanks for sharing dude !

Hotel Alpha said...

Some really advanced stuff there!

Marco said...

supporting!! man i always wanted a program like that. it would make my life a lot easier! thanks! :)

niceonice said...

Very useful since I switch firefox and chrome alot.

ShredGuitar said...

Awesome post!

Swarmster said...

Showing some love and support, keep up the good work =)

branco said...

excellent program , as a web developer switching between different browsers can be a pain when you dont have all your bookmarks synched up .. definitely worth the download

NY Ethnic Food said...

woah, this is awesome. it's like dropbox for browsers.
great stuff you have here, as an e-tech geek, i'm definitely following.

x said...

hey cool. worth a look.

LOLMASTER said...

Looks good man :)

KLJ said...

Wow that really seems like it could help out a lot! Thanks for the heads up!

Dr. Phun said...

Thanks for that im going to get this!

Blenderhead said...

This is great, although I don't use my bookmarks much. Supporting!

loloriz0r said...

I hope it can handle about 3TB of data..

gotta sync mine

Sebastian said...

wow, thanks, didn't know about this one

Lovellama said...

Cool program, bro.

Tesla Sands said...

Meh, I used one of these for a while, but then I realized that I don't add bookmarks fast enough to make it worthwhile. This is actually a really nice program if you will use it though.

miecak said...

I just use the built in chrome sync feature.

- Enfermo - said...

Interesting post, you good some cool stuff!

Harry said...

Cool program.

merk444 said...

looks like an excellent piece of software

g15 said...

i like your blog thats probably one of the reason i keep coming every day ;) to check out what's new :)

iRetiv said...

great program no need to re-add bookmarks

Mr. Derp said...

Neat.

God is Great said...

It's nice to a place I can go to to learn about how the hell to get my two different computers to work together. It can be such a pain!

BenDover said...

Looks great, the tips might come in handy

Admin said...

Don't like to share this with other sotfawre -_-

Chip said...

honestly this is essential

KnightOnlineGoldMaker said...

gonna try this out! i switch from firefox to google chrome alot so it'll be useful.

Nigma said...

very useful

suzychen said...

neat little trick

Desmond Fox said...

Handy tool. Pretty useful blog here.

poorfags said...

Great info

In Dodd I trust said...

this is just browser harmony right there, but great tool since i use 3 browsers constantly and i hate having to manually update the bookmarks all the time

MacPCharmony said...

@Naj Yes, you can import your bookmarks from browser to browser, but Xmarks does real-time syncing. It would be a pain to add a bookmark on one computer and then have to reimport to the others... it's easier to have it auto sync.

@Wafflehaus I write all of my own articles :)

peedewba said...

nice heads up i am liking this so far!

cartman_go said...

good information to know!!

Someone632 said...

Thank you for posting this! I use so many different browsers, it gets really irritating when i have to add the same bookmark like 5 times...

snooby said...

nice been looking for some new add-ons.

Kurama86 said...

Really good stuff here. Very informative!

Katie Greene said...

sounds like a good idea, not sure if it's worth $10/yr...

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