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    BitTorrent Sync - Free P2P Encrypted File Sync

    This looks like a great alternative to Dropbox. Since it is P2P, none of your files get stored in the cloud and there aren't any file size limits.

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    BitTorrent Inc. has opened up its Sync app to the public today. The new application is free of charge and allows people to securely sync folders to multiple devices using the BitTorrent protocol. Complete control over the storage location of the files and the absence of limits is what sets BitTorrent’s solution apart from traditional cloud based synchronization services.

    Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft Skydrive and Mega are just a few examples of the many file-storage and backup services that are available today.

    All these services rely on external cloud based hosting to back up and store files. This means that you have to trust these companies with your personal and confidential files, and that your storage space is limited.

    For those people who want to be in control of their own data there haven’t been many alternatives, but BitTorrent Sync has the potential to trigger a small revolution on this front.

    BitTorrent Sync’s functionality is comparable to services such as Dropbox and Skydrive, except for the fact that there’s no cloud involved. Users sync the files between their own computers and no third-party has access to it.

    Besides increased security, BitTorrent sync transfers also tend to go a lot faster than competing cloud services. Another advantage is that there are no storage or transfer limits, so users can sync as many files as they want, for free.

    Earlier this year BitTorrent started a closed Alpha test with a limited number of users, and today Sync is being released to the public for the first time. (Source)

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    Great
    I wonder if it will be blocked when I try it out at my schools?


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    @SimpleSi. Did you notice the ARM version for Raspberry Pi's.

    I tried Sync today at school and it worked brilliantly. It seems much quicker than Dropbox since it doesn't have to upload to the cloud first and then download it again the other end.

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    iOS ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    iOS?
    No mobile apps yet unfortunately, but they are definitely planning on releasing one soon though.

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    Where does it store or access the files from. Ya home pc ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Where does it store or access the files from. Ya home pc?
    Install the app on two or more computers, copy the secret key for the folder you want to share and paste it into the relevant box on the other PCs. Once that's done, any files you put into that folder will be synced directly between the computers over the Internet. No clouds involved so it should be fast.


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    Its ok if you keep your computers on to keep them synced, but if you're like me, and you only really have 1 PC on at a time, its not going to work - unless you buy yourself a VPS or something to act as your own intermediary server.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Its ok if you keep your computers on to keep them synced, but if you're like me, and you only really have 1 PC on at a time, its not going to work - unless you buy yourself a VPS or something to act as your own intermediary server.
    I thought exactly the same thing as I put my computer to sleep after work. I don't put anything confidential on dropbox so I am not too worried about security.

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    I installed it on a school PC and typed in the secret key at about 4pm
    I've come home and nothing is showing up in the transfer log so I'm thinking that no sync occured between home and school

    I'd thought that the port it wants to use would be blocked by CLEO (that's there job - to block ports) so I'm not really suprised it didn't work.

    @localxUk - turn a computer off!!! What sort of geek are you!!!!! I NEVER turn a computer off unless its a laptop and I'm transporting it

    I currently use Dropbox to sync all my school servers with my home pc (for tech downloads - WPKG packages etc) but I could do with another solution as I now use a shared dropbox for some schools for teachers/staff and trying to run two instances on one server in schools is problematical

    IF this doesn't work, then probably going to switch to google drive for my tech stuff and leave dropbox for teachers/staff.

    This sort of thing is brilliant for primaries

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    Did you notice the ARM version for Raspberry Pi's.
    no I didn't!!! :-) That could be absolutely fantastic as a backup tool for my development work
    Ta
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    Last edited by SimpleSi; 24th April 2013 at 10:08 PM.

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    @localxUk - turn a computer off!!! What sort of geek are you!!!!! I NEVER turn a computer off unless its a laptop and I'm transporting it
    Like me he is probably a geek who doesn't see the need to spend public (ie tax payers) money on electricity unless absolutely necessary!

    I don't turn my computer off during the week, I put it on standby so it uses no power but starts up quickly in the morning, then I do a full shutdown on Friday afternoon.

    ...or am I taking this all too seriously...

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    I don't turn my work PC off during the week as I often remote in to work on it. But my personal one is off unless I'm using it, as electricity costs me too much.

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    or am I taking this all too seriously...
    yes

    I turn off school PCs - but not the servers
    Or my own one at home
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    Just seen on the Bittorrent forums that it won't work from behind proxies yet so gonna have to wait
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    The Android app is now available (as is an update for PCs).

    play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bittorrent.sync


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