5 Advantages of BitTorrent Sync Over a Tool Like Dropbox

5 Advantages of BitTorrent Sync Over a Tool Like Dropbox

BitTorrent Sync is a newer method of syncing files (still in beta). Like other syncing services, its purpose is to sync your files and data across devices, allowing you to work on them from anywhere.

But why choose it over cloud sync tools like Dropbox or Google Drive?

BitTorrent Sync has several advantages worth considering.

First, it’s free to download and easy to install and use on any device.

Second, BitTorrent Sync offers enhanced privacy and security since your files are not stored in the cloud. This means you have complete control over your data.

Lastly, BitTorrent Sync provides faster syncing speeds compared to traditional cloud sync tools.

If you’re looking for a reliable, secure, and fast file syncing solution that gives you full control over your data, BitTorrent Sync is definitely worth trying.

5 Advantages of BitTorrent Sync Over a Tool Like Dropbox

You can add a folder to the service and obtain a secret encryption key to sync it with another device. The files will be directly transferred between the computers. However, both computers must be running during the file transfer as the files are not stored anywhere in-between. Here are some advantages of using BitTorrent Sync instead of cloud services.

1. Security

5 Advantages of BitTorrent Sync Over a Tool Like Dropbox

BitTorrent Sync doesn’t store your data on a server and then download it back to the devices it’s used on. That’s what cloud sync services like Dropbox do, making your files more vulnerable. I know they all have security measures in place, but if it’s stored on a server, hacking can happen. Plus, government agencies might access your data. Since traffic is encrypted with a private key (given when you share a folder using BitTorrent Sync) and it goes from one computer to the other, chances of your files ending up in the wrong hands are low.

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2. Speed

If security is essential, speed is also crucial. Since transfer speeds are not dependent on a third-party server, the service operates at the same pace as your internet connection. I successfully synced a 656MB RAR file in about 3 minutes and 720MB of MP3 files in around 12 minutes. Even with a slower internet connection, the speeds should still be faster than those of a cloud service, as files are transferred directly. As shown below, I achieved a speed of 5 MB per second.

5 Advantages of BitTorrent Sync Over a Tool Like Dropbox

3. No Space Restrictions

Using a cloud service requires you to stay within your account’s storage space. Without an account, your storage space is limited to the available space on your devices.

4. Server Crashes Don’t Affect You

If your cloud service experiences a problem and its servers are unavailable for a few hours, you won’t be able to access your files when you need them, such as for a presentation at a meeting. However, with BitTorrent Sync, this won’t be an issue. Although you do need to keep your device on at all times, it has the advantage of ensuring your files are always accessible as long as you have an internet connection and know the secret for the folder. Additionally, if you have a desktop PC at home, it’s likely always on anyways.

5. Very Simple Sharing Options

I love that I can use BitTorrent Sync to share a folder with different users in different ways. Let me explain. For example, if you want to sync a folder with another computer I own, you just need to use the folder’s main secret. You can get it by right-clicking the folder in BitTorrent Sync and selecting Copy Secret. Then, you can paste it in an email and use it to sync the folder on the other computer.

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The great thing is that you don’t have to give someone full access indefinitely. There are three types of secrets you can use: full access (as discussed above), read-only (which syncs files in one direction only), and one-time secret.

To generate read-only and one-time secrets for the synced folder, simply right-click the folder and select Show folder preferences. Then, go to the Secret Key tab and choose the desired secret type.

5 Advantages of BitTorrent Sync Over a Tool Like Dropbox


BitTorrent Sync has advantages over regular cloud sync tools. If there are other advantages that are more important to you, let us know in a comment below.

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