With the unexpected news that Google was dropping its Browser Sync Firefox addon, attention is now turning to Mozilla Labs’ “Weave” project.
Weave is also a Firefox add-on and its purpose is to allow you to backup your Firefox settings such as your bookmarks, history, passwords, customizations and preferences and then sync them with the Mozilla servers so that you can access them from anywhere that allows you to access the internet. Obviously this data is encrypted so that it’s securely stored.
Setting up Weave
The first thing you have to bear in mind is that Weave is still a beta experimental project so you have to decide if you want to risk your Firefox user information in testing this. If you decide you fancy taking a walk on the wild side then read on.
To get started using Weave the first thing that you will have to do is go to the Weave homepage and create an account. Within a few seconds of hitting the Create Account button you will receive an email asking you to verify your account. Once you’ve verified your account you will be able to download the Firefox add-on.
Once you’ve downloaded the add-on and restarted your browser, press the sync icon at the bottom right of the browser then sign in. Once you’ve done this you’ll go through five steps of setting up Weave such as backing up your bookmarks, entering your account details that you signed up with and an encryption pass-phrase and performing an initial data transfer.
When the setup is complete you will see a confirmation message telling you that Weave will connect automatically each time you load up Firefox. However you can uncheck this option in the Weave preferences.
Your Firefox settings will now be synced automatically.
Under the Account tab in Weave Preferences you can sign out of the account and use another account if you have a separate account and choose whether Weave should automatically connect each time you start Firefox.
You can choose which items you would like to have syncing to the Mozilla servers from the Data tab. The items you can choose from to sync are Bookmarks, History, Cookies, Saved Passwords and Saved Form Data.
The Add-ons tab in the Weave Preferences will let you find, install and manage Weave add-ons.
The last tab under the Weave Preferences is Advanced. In the Advanced tab you will be able to choose the location of the server that you want your data to be synced to. There are debugging tools below the server settings. Under the debugging tools you will be able to reset your login, reset server lock, reset server data and reset client data.
Obviously it’s still early days for Weave but with Google Browser Sync out of the picture, Weave has little serious competition to worry about.
If you have tested Weave, please post a comment about your thoughts on Weave and let us know what you think about it. Is this something you will use? Do you see potential in Weave?