If you want your life to be made easier, download these two plugins for every browser on every computer that you use.XMarks
I use three browsers regularly: Chrome, Firefox and Explorer, and I use them on multiple computers. Which makes bookmarking irritating at times. I do use del.icio.us (of course), but I generally just use it for specific articles I want to remember or share, not for websites. For instance, I use Facebook
(just like everyone else), and I have a local bookmark to both of those sites up on my browsers' links bar. But I don't save a local bookmark for that amazing article I read about terraforming Mars
, I throw it into one of my pantheon of social bookmarking websites: delicious
, among others. The benefit being, of course, that I can tag my social bookmarks with keywords and save them for future use. I don't want a local copy of them because they aren't categorized and they're not pages that I care to come back to every day. The bookmarks I save to my workstation are those that I come back to again and again, often daily. Make sense?
The problem with this is that when I'm using multiple computers, those local bookmarks are rarely ever the same. I'll remember a site I visited a few years back and try to find it but can't because, even though I bookmarked it, I'm not on the computer I saved the bookmark to. And with multiple browsers on each computer, good luck searching for anything, especially if your bookmark library is extensive (as mine is). If I only used two computers I could probably keep them the same without much work, but across several computers and using several browsers in each it's just impossible. And the bookmarks get out of hand quickly (as I'm sure all of you know).
Enter the bookmarking tool XMarks. Install this plugin on every browser, on every computer you commonly use. Organize your bookmarks one final time and, presto!, they sync automatically on all of your browsers. That way your links bar looks the same no matter if you're at work or at home, on your laptop or your desktop, and your bookmark folder tree is intact everywhere.LastPass
Just like the out-of-hand bookmarks situation, login names and passwords are also something that can get crazy. How many sites do I have a username and password for? It's got to be in the hundreds. I tried to start using the same password for all of them, but (aside from security issues) some sites allow certain formats where others require different formats entirely. Some let you use letters only while others require at least one number. Some require at least one letter to be capitalized. Some even require a symbol, and still others require combinations of all of these. So streamlining usernames and passwords is impossible which means you either have to remember them all (good luck with that), or you've got to document them all yourself. Or you can just use LastPass.
LastPass is a plugin that can be used in any browser. I recommend you install it in every browser you use. With LastPass, every site you visit that requires a login step can be saved with a click. If you don't want to save one, just click "Not for this site." One of my initial concerns with using LastPass was that I would forget my own passwords and if I used someone else's computer I wouldn't be able to log in to a site that I may need at that moment. But LastPass doesn't save your passwords locally, they save them on the LastPass server, so you can access them from anywhere by logging in to LastPass.com. I suppose that's why they say it's the last password you'll ever need to remember.