BitTorrent is a very well-known name when it comes to online file-sharing. The company already offers a number of highly popular file-sharing solutions. Now, the company has announced that its file-syncing tool, Sync, is open to the public and offers fast peer-to-peer file-sharing, without the need of a central server.
Most of the prevalent file-sharing solutions such as Dropbox or Google Drive require the users to drop their content first into a third-party server. This content is then shared with the intended party, as defined by the users. However, concerns have been cited on this model of file-sharing since it essentially puts the users’ data into the hands of third parties.
BitTorrent’s Sync, on the other hand, is different in that it doesn’t want your data. It simply connects users through P2P technology so that they can directly share files with each other without relying on a third-party server. Sync has been in beta phase for a while but now, the company has finally opened it up for public use.
According to the official blog post from BitTorrent, “Since Sync is based on P2P [peer-to-peer technology] and doesn’t require a pit-stop in the cloud, you can transfer files at the maximum speed supported by your network. Your information is never stored on a server in the cloud; your data is protected by encrypted keys. Your files belong to you, and stay on the devices of your choice.”
For such users who are cognizant of online privacy issues, Sync fares as a far better option compared to the likes of SkyDrive or Dropbox. And given the sheer ease of its use, it may turn out to be a key player in the arena of online file-sharing.