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Google Browser Sync – Forgotten your password?

I wanted to try out Google Browser Sync again but I had a bit of a problem when installing since it asked for a PIN Number. I couldn’t remember what it was. I tried so many times it kicked me out and told me to come back in a day! So I did, and I still couldn’t remember it. Cue Google with the following advice:

I forgot my PIN, what should I do?

You can recover your PIN quickly and easily. Just log on to a computer where you’ve installed Google Browser Sync, then follow these steps:

   1. Open a Firefox window.
   2. Open the “Settings…” menu under your username in the upper-right corner of the page.
   3. Click the “Show” button in the “Security settings” section of the page.

Hmmm… yes, that’s great but what do you do when one of your previous machines have been ditched for an iMac, has had it’s internals cannibalised and now acts as a foot rest under your desk (and very comfortable it is too) whilst the other has been replaced and then subsequently destroyed? Google…? Anyone…?

Well let me be of assistance, if like me, you’re not particularly bothered about what was stored in your account many moons ago, you can do the following:


  • Agree to it’s demands and hey presto, account nuked:


Wonderful. Now you can restart Firefox and recreate your Google Browser Sync account as per this Lifehacker guide.

Gom Jabbar said,

October 19, 2007 @ 3:27 pm

You should wait a few weeks and finally switch to a better browser: Opera!

In version 9.5 which is due soon it comes with synchronization right out of the box, as well as a couple of other cool features. No stupid plugin, no messing with Google.

If you want to check an alpha or learn more about the features have a look here:

Paul said,

October 19, 2007 @ 5:13 pm

Yeah I keep trying Opera but after a week or so I stop using it since it just doesn’t seem right. I can’t put my finger on what it is, but I much prefer Firefox over it.

Gom Jabbar said,

October 19, 2007 @ 9:09 pm

Strange, it’s exactly the opposite for me…

Vondur said,

October 22, 2007 @ 7:42 am

Yea, Opera doesn’t seem right… Cannot get used to it no matter how hard i’m trying…

Paul said,

October 22, 2007 @ 9:11 am

Gom, don’t get me wrong, I like Opera (back at version 3 and 4 I bought licences for it!) it’s just I’ve got used to a certain way of working and Firefox fits that need.

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