Despite some new privacy enhancements, Google's popular Chrome browser has recently been identified as problematic in some areas when it comes to privacy issues. The same articles suggest that you should try an alternative browser such as Firefox, Safari or Brave if you are concerned about the security of your data.
Of course, anyone who has used a browser for an extended period of time will have built up a sizeable library of bookmarks, settings, and stored passwords. If you switch to a new browser, you do not have to sacrifice your bookmarks. You can easily import them from Chrome into your new browser.
This is how it works:
When you switch to Firefox:
- Click "Show all bookmarks" at the bottom of the drop-down menu.
- Click "Import data from another browser …" (If you're browsing from a browser) With the exception of Safari or Chrome, you can Export data as an HTML file and then import it into Firefox by selecting "Import bookmarks from HTML …".
- In the "Import settings and data" box, select "Chrome" (unless otherwise stated) ) Of course you switch from Safari …). You are reminded to close the other browser.
- If you have more than one Google profile set up in Chrome, you will be asked which one you want to move.
- You can Your cookies, your browsing history and / or your bookmarks move. Disable all data you want to leave and click Next.
- If everything went well, you will get a box with the message "Import completed".
In my case, all my bookmarks and bookmarks files were imported successfully and all were dropped into a single folder named "From Google Chrome" in the bookmarks bar.
When you switch to Safari
Safari does not wait for you to be asked if you want to use your bookmarks. When you first turn on your bookmarks and history, they are automatically imported from Chrome or Firefox. Your bookmarks and bookmark folders appear on the Favorites page. When you click Bookmarks on the menu bar, they appear in a folder named Imported.
Do not you want your old bookmarks? That's easy. At the bottom of the Favorites or Top Sites page, a note will appear asking if you want to keep the imported bookmarks. Select "Keep" or "Do not Keep". And it works. If I clicked "Do not keep," all my old bookmarks disappeared from the Favorites page.
If you change your mind later, it's easy enough to manually import your bookmarks:
- Go to the menu. On the bar, click File> Import From> Google Chrome. , You can also click "Bookmark HTML File" if you are switching from another browser.
- or both. Then click on "Import".
And you're done! The Favorites page again contained my imported bookmarks with their folders, and the "Bookmarks" drop-down menu showed the same folder as "Imported" before.
When you switch to Brave
The bold browser is often recommended if you are looking for a browser that protects your privacy. It's as easy as Firefox to access it.
After installing Brave, you will be guided through a series of "Welcome Tour" slides. The second slide is an invitation to import your bookmarks and settings. Just click on "Import". You can also import your bookmarks at any time by clicking "Courageous"> "Import bookmarks and settings …" in the top menu. After:
- Select the browser from which to import. Brave apparently checks which browsers you use. Interestingly, my drop-down options included Safari and the two different accounts I had in Chrome, but not Firefox even though it was also installed on my Mac. You can also install from an existing bookmark HTML file.
- Select what you want to import: browsing history, favorites / bookmarks, saved passwords, and / or cookies.
- Do not forget to close Chrome before starting the process. I forgot it, and when I closed Chrome on a browser request and tried to keep going, Brave hung up. I closed the Import tab and re-selected Import in the slideshow. This time the process went smoothly.
Brave adds all bookmarks to bookmarks a drop-down menu from the top bar. My downloaded bookmarks were not disconnected. Instead, the bookmarks and files that were in my Chrome menu bar were now available in the Brave menu bar.
What about my passwords?
If you've used Chrome's password manager, then you've probably collected as many or more passwords as you have bookmarks. Unfortunately, it will be difficult to move your passwords to a new browser.
Of the three browsers mentioned here, both Firefox and Brave can import their passwords along with their bookmarks. Firefox has done a good job of moving my passwords. I was immediately able to log in to a random selection of websites. For some reason, Brave has only imported about a quarter of my passwords.
I have not found a way to move my passwords from Chrome to Safari – and it's not really safari's fault. Previously, you could export your passwords by going to chrome: // flags / and enabling the import / export function. This feature has now been changed to only enable import. Until it is possible to export Chrome passwords again, you only need to reenter them site by site.
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