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Posted by at 16 July , 2010


How to use the xMarks FireFox Addon with AlwaysOnPC so you can Browse From Your iPhone as Easily and Securely as You Do at Home With All Your Remembered Passwords and Bookmarks

It sure is nice to be able to use my iPhone browser from wherever I am for quick tasks like online banking, checking a statement – even my daughter’s school has an online system where I can check her grades on recent assignments. But when I started trying to use it for such tasks, I was quickly astounded at just how much I relied on my trusty home PC browser to remember bookmarks and passwords for me. (For me, just typing on the iPhone is a hassle– but that’s another topic for another post…)

Well, fortunately AlwaysOnPC supports a full PC-class browser, right from your iPhone: One of the (many) great things about FireFox is the wealth of add-ons you can get – most for free! I found the perfect add-on to solve my browsing password dilemma: xMarks Bookmark and password sync’ing.

First what is xMarks? xMarks is a browser addon utility that saves all your bookmarks and (optionally) your passwords in their secure, encrypted service. It supports the most popular browsers, including FireFox, Internet Explorer, Safari (Mac only), and Chrome (Note the Password sync only works on FireFox).  Once you install it on your browser on your main PC, you can then install it on all your other PCs and Poof! All your bookmarks and passwords magically appear on every browser you install it on.

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to use the xMarks add-on to instantly make all your bookmarks and passwords (for FireFox) available on AlwaysOnPC on your iPhone:

1)      On your main PC where you have most of your bookmarks and passwords, download and install the xMarks addon. If you use FireFox, you can find it at the Mozilla Addons site.

(Note: For other PC browsers like Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Safari go directly to the xMarks site ,  you can’t sync passwords with those – only bookmarks – but still useful)

2)      Now, open AlwaysOnPC on your PC (yes, your PC, not your iPhone. It’s much more convenient to use our Java client on your nice, big PC monitor for configuration tasks like this). To do this, open your browser, go to AlwaysOnPC and Login. Then click the Connect button. This will start our java applet (click yes/accept to make sure it runs).

3)      Once its up and running you will see your AlwaysOnPC desktop in a window on your PC.  Inside the AlwaysOnPC, open FireFox to the same addons page. It will look something like this:

AlwaysOnPC VNC client open to the xMarks Addons page

4)      Proceed with installation of xMarks. The “Options” menu should open (if not open it in Menu Tools-> xMarks->Settings) where you can login with your xMarks username and password, and enter your PIN (used to encrypt/decrypt your passwords). Click OK and everything will sync.

5)      Now, the moment of truth, (close AlwaysOnPC on your PC) open AlwaysOnPC from your iPhone or iPod Touch and reap the benefits of super-easy browsing!

Here’s an example screenshot of my iPhone accessing Google Analytics with username and password conveniently there:

Click here to learn more about AlwaysOnPC

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