BitTorrent Sync Review

Editer Note:

Imbedded links within the terms “Macintosh” and “Windows” will provide audio screen reader demonstrations of this peer-to-peer file sharing service – enjoy.

BitTorrent Sync Review

It is my hope to not make this post seem like other Messages that merely provide regurgitated information from other sources; however, it may seem so. Thus, it is my aim to share my experiences about the ever-increasing popular file sharing program, BitTorrent Sync (BTS). According to a submitted post by a follower of Lifehacker, the question is posed, which many people unfamiliar with BTS have. Simply stated, the person is asking why he or she should care about this option because “isn’t it just another file syncing service?”

What is BitTorrent Sync?

While on the surface this may seem true. For others, who merely glance at the title and presume it is “another” torrent alternative, both presumptions are not correct. BTS is a peer-to-peer file exchange client. Unlike Dropbox, GoogleDrive, OneNote (formally Sky Drive), and other cloud-based services, BTS is superior in what it offers. This statement is predicated on the fact that BTS “does one thing, and does it well,” which is to share files safely and securely.

File Sharing Safely and Securely

File sharing is more secure with BTS because users can define the level of access a person or group can have. The degree of access a person is allowed is not defined by a set of criteria, but it is determined by a “secret code,” which is the hallmark of BTS. A secret code can be obtained by clicking the “generate” button, or by copying a code generated by another person. The “full access code” that is generated is necessary because this is the primary code that is used for editing privileges. However, if an individual sharing data only wishes to let others merely copy the data without removing it from the host computer, then accessing the “folder preferences” feature from within the application will provide a “read only” code that can be shared. This is very helpful because once the information has been successfully transferred the receiver of the data can remove the data from his or her shared folder without needing to worry about losing the original copy. Simply put, “once the data is received it is yours.”

Storage Limits are History

Additionally, file size and storage space are not tied to a particular amount of cloud-based space a person has, but instead it is contingent on the amount of free space an individual has on their internal hard drive. Thus, individuals wishing to share large files no longer need to concern themselves with the storage limits offered by the aforementioned cloud-based alternatives. This is an excellent feature of BTS because for those users who currently subscribe to cloud-based premium accounts for the sake of having extra space to store or share large files, it can now be virtually eliminated. Therefore, with all of this said, it is fair to presume that BTS is a great alternative to the more commonly used cloud-based options because unlike the competitors, it does not require uploading the content to the respective server, but instead it merely transfers the data to the computer that has been granted access by the sharing of the “full access” or “read only” code. Furthermore, because a secret code is all that is necessary to authenticate and begin receiving a file transfer, the need for creating an account (providing an e-mail address and password) are no longer necessary. Finally, the location of the downloaded information does not need to be placed in a specific folder because this is determined by the user when creating a folder to place shared content, and by the user creating a folder to receive content. Overall, this is an excellent method of file sharing that is completely screen reader accessible with Macintosh and Windowscomputers, and Apple mobile products.


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