Synchronize Two Computers: Web Browsers and Files 

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Keeping multiple computers in sync can be a chore. Often times we will start a task on one computer, and want to finish it on another. The good news is that there are ways to keep home and office computers in sync in order to increase productivity. Once setup, these processes will keep computers in sync nearly instantaneously. 

Keeping Files in Sync

File system syncing is possible between two computers via an internet cloud service such as Dropbox. Here are some features of dropbox:

  • Dropbox allows for easy syncing of files and folders across multiple devices.
  • Dropbox provides unified storage space between users.
  • Dropbox allows work to be done on the desktop, using whatever application you choose.
  • Dropbox has both business and team billing plans, offering a large of amount of storage with full tech support.
  • Dropbox has full encryption of all data stored.
  • Dropbox works with Mac, Windows, and Linux devices.

There are other players in the cloud storage market, such as Google Drive and SkyDrive, but Dropbox is currently the best option for keeping files and folders in sync across two or more computers. Click here for our comprehensive cloud storage comparison shooutout.


Keeping Passwords, Bookmarks, and Tabs in Sync

A web browser is often the hub of all work done on a computer. From research to chatting with co-workers, a large amount of work happens completely within the browser. As such keeping a browser in sync between a home and office device can mean that work can be left on the home computer, and resumed instantly on the business machine. Bookmarks added with one show up on the opposite device, and saved passwords appear on the different devices as well. The following are instructions for keeping the following browsers in sync across devices. 

 

Chrome:

  • Sign into Chrome using either gmail, or another Google account. This will allow for bookmarks, and open tabs to be kept in sync across devices which you are signed into, including your smartphone.
    • Sign in can be found in the Chrome "Settings" panel, which can be accessed in the top right corner of the browser. In order to sign out, simply go to settings and click, “Disconnect your Google Account...”
  • Install a password extension such as LastPass. This will keep your passwords in sync, suggest safe passwords when creating new passwords, and keep existing passwords in an encrypted data base on your computer. None of your password data is sent to LastPass.
  • Chrome will automatically sync open tabs and browsing histories between Chrome browsers that are signed into with the same Google account. 

 

Firefox:

  • Go into Preferences > Sync, and setup Firefox sync. Once completed you can keep your tabs and bookmarks in sync across all devices that are signed into Firefox sync. 
  • Firefox also offers password extensions, including LastPass.

 

Safari:

  • Sign into iCloud in System Preferences. Bookmarks and open tabs will now sync between Apple devices such as Macs, iPhones, and iPads. If running OS X 10.9 or later, enable iCloud Keychain, and passwords will sync as well.
  • If not running OS X 10.9, then LastPass is also available.

If you are using two different browsers between your work and home machine, their is no simple way to sync.

 

Conclusion

Keeping the files of two different computers in sync is very simple to do thanks to cloud services such as Dropbox. Keeping web browsers in sync is also very simple, assuming you use the same browser at work and at home. By keeping data in sync you enable greater productivity, since less time is spent setting up devices and more is able to spent being productive.

 

 

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