I wrote about backing up Firefox bookmarks using the features that came in the Firefox program.
After I sent that issue, long-time subscriber Richard Fuller wrote from New Zealand to remind me that there was a free third-party program that handled the process much more easily, as well as backing up other facets, too:
Just been reading your article about backing up Firefox bookmarks. May I suggest there’s a much easier way to back up all Mozilla applications, and that’s with the brilliant Mozbackup programme: http://mozbackup.jasnapaka.com/
With a couple of clicks it backs up the entire profile, which includes bookmarks and all personal settings, and in the case of Thunderbird the emails as well, if you so choose (personally I prefer to back up emails separately, which enables me to select which ones I wish to restore rather than having to do the whole lot).
As an example of how easy Mozbackup is, when I bought a new PC last year I installed FF and TB and then restored the profiles from my Mozbackup DVD. Bingo! In a few seconds both applications were fully configured to look and function exactly as they did on the old PC. It couldn’t have been quicker or simpler.
As I wrote previuosly, Firefox’s bookmarks were stored in a different format some time in the past. At that time, I had tried MozBackup and used it successfully.
However, when Firefox changed its format for storing its data, I stopped using MozBackup because of the format change. Then, I simply forgot about it.
With Richard’s reminder, I’ve tried MozBackup again — and I like it.
For Firefox, it backs up not only the bookmarks, but all of the otehr configuration data and add-on’s.
It also backs up Thunderbird, which is my email program of choice. Zimilarly to Firefox, it backs up everything.
Of course, MozBackup handles restoring from backup, also. This means that, if you move to a new computer, you can easily back up your Firefox and Thunderbird configurations and data on the old computer, and then "restore" it to the new computer (after you install Firefox and Thunderbird on the new computer, of course).
Thanks for the reminder, Richard!