Program proves to be a popular method for sharing folders and files of any size across multiple devices and with family and friends.
“To date, more than a petabyte of anonymous data has been synced between BitTorrent Sync users,” says the company. “A petabyte! To put that into context, the Internet Archive, one of the world wide web’s largest repositories of media, houses 10 petabytes of data. Sync is massive. And it’s growing. Over 70 terabytes of anonymous data are synced daily.”
BitTorrent Sync allows users to automatically synchronize any number of folders and files of any size across multiple devices using secure, distributed technology. And if you want you can share access with friends and family members so that they too can have access to the same important (or not so important) files (think videos, pics, favorite TV shows).
“BitTorrent Sync was designed to solve for what we see as real, fundamental challenges to data synchronization: limitations on speed, size, and space; limitations on file security and dependency on cloud infrastructure,” adds BitTorrent. “Because BitTorrent Sync is based on distributed technology, you can sync as many big files as you want. Transfers are encrypted, and information isn’t stored on any server, or in the cloud. Your content belongs to you, and stays on devices of your choice. That’s the way syncing should work.”
So how does it work?
- 1. Install BitTorrent Sync on the devices you want to sync.
- 2. Choose a folder that you want to synchronize and generate a secret for that folder on one of the devices. The secret is random and unique, and functions like a key that connects multiple devices into one sync network.
- 3. On the other devices, choose a folder to sync and enter the same secret.
- 4. Leave BitTorrent Sync running on all devices you want to keep in sync
- 5. Manage your sync folders at any time via the application interface on Windows and Mac, or via the WebUI and config file on Linux.
For a more in depth guide check out my guide “How to Setup and Use BitTorrent Sync.”
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