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Avoid a Google Browser Sync startup bug with Firefox Web Browsers
The current version of Google Browser Sync (GBS) has an annoying bug that can bite you if you start Firefox before you have an active Internet connection, if you lock Firefox with a Master Password. Firefox starts, and prompts you to enter that password, but GBS pops up a 'dialog' that shows it's trying to connect ... and it can't, and the Stop button does not work.

So all you can do is force-quit Firefox, get on the Internet, and only then start Firefox.

Here's an alternative that I hope is comparably secure: get rid of that Master Password in Firefox, and, instead, create an encrypted disk image with Disk Utility. Give it a nice, long, strong password. Move Firefox to that disk image. Eject the disk.

Whenever you start Firefox (you can even put it in the Dock), you'll be prompted for that encrypted disk image password. After you enter it, Firefox will start. Now, even if you're offline, you can use Firefox. GBS will try to connect for a short time, then relinquish control and merely offer a button to 'Reconnect' when/if you decide to go online. You can click the X to close that GBS pop-up, and you're done -- Firefox is ready.
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Avoid a Google Browser Sync startup bug with Firefox
Authored by: codingismy11to7 on Jun 29, '06 11:23:11AM

Putting Firefox in an encrypted disk image still leaves your passwords unencrypted in a file in your home directory. Adding a master password in FF encrypts those on disk.



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Indeed, a non-hint
Authored by: leamanc on Jun 29, '06 10:10:37PM

Encrypting the Firefox application itself does nothing. As the above poster mentions, Firefox stores your settings--including passwords--in your home directory, no matter where you run it from.



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Avoid a Google Browser Sync startup bug with Firefox
Authored by: el bid on Jun 30, '06 02:27:54PM

Not much of a problem. Move the ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox directory to the encrypted drive and then symbolic link (ln -s source target) it from there back to its original position. Now all the bookmarks, prefs and whatever will only be accessible while the encrypted drive is mounted.



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Avoid a Google Browser Sync startup bug with Firefox
Authored by: osxpounder on Jul 05, '06 11:54:12AM

Thanks, folks. Part of the beauty of this site is the part where you correct my hint or point out things I hadn't thought of yet -- I appreciate it!

I think I might try the symlink el bid mentions. I was also glad to learn of Portable Firefox, which I'll also try. Whichever solution gives me the least troubles with updating extensions and Firefox updates, I'll probably stick with.



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Avoid a Google Browser Sync startup bug with Firefox
Authored by: zoldar256 on Jul 01, '06 09:04:49PM

A small modification to this hint: Use Portable Firefox.

This way all your passwords, extensions, and what-not are stored along with Firefox on the secure disk image. Even better is that you can place this disk image on your iPod/flash-drive and take it around to all the computers you go to: Secure, and it has all your Firefox goodness.



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