One of the more popular ways to find music, TV shows, movies and apps online is with a file sharing technology called BitTorrent.
Think peer-to-peer file sharing, a very common way to transfer large files over the internet. Legalities aside, BitTorrent works because it works on just about every device, it’s free, and it’s easy to share files.
What if you could take similar BitTorrent technology and use it to sync files between your devices? That would be BitTorrent Sync, a free app and system that syncs files over the internet, securely, without using the cloud.
There’s a BitTorrent Sync app available for Macs, Windows PCs, Linux PCs, as well as Android and iOS mobile devices.
What does it do?
BitTorrent Sync allows you to sync, send, and share files from one device to another without storing files on some anonymous server in the Cloud. It’s fast, secure, and there are no file size limits. All you need is two devices and a good internet connection.
The interface is typical Mac.
Using BitTorrent Sync requires a few out-of-the-ordinary steps, but the whole process is mostly set-it-and-forgetaboutit.
When you setup BitTorrent Sync you’ll need to add a folder on one device to sync to another. You’ll also create a unique key for each folder which will be used on the other device to enable syncing.
The synchronization process avoids the cloud, and in true BitTorrent fashion, syncs files only from one device to another. From then on, simply leave both devices running and any file changes on one are updated on the other. Traffic between all the devices where files travel when using BitTorrent is encrypted.
Preferences are nominal but flexible enough to allow archiving of files deleted on one device that you don’t want deleted on the other. BitTorrent Sync can also be setup to be one way, which is perfect for backups.
You’ll still need two devices connected over the internet, of course. This is sweet, easy, and free.