A new app that uses the BitTorrent protocol to share files and distribute information over the internet launched today, and it allows users to set up their own type of personal cloud service.
The BitTorrent Sync app, previously only available to those lucky enough to receive an invitation to the service, launched to all users today and it allows users to share and sync folders across a network of computers. While it sounds similar to DropBox, there are some key differences, most notably, a lack of additional storage provided by some offsite server. Instead, Sync allows users to utilize the storage on all the computers the client is on, which also means there is no need to worry about anybody else’s security, as it’s a type of private cloud.
Users are able to connect multiple computers, meaning a group of friends, a family or a small office could connect its computers via BitTorrent Sync, which allows for easy sharing across the computers. Sync also works on a LAN with no Internet connection and no servers required – perfect for small businesses or home offices. Privacy settings also include one-way sharing, excluding specific documents and the ability to set up limited time keys.
BitTorrent Sync is works on computers with Mac OS X snow Leopard or later, Windows XP SP3 or newer and Linux with kernel 2.6.16.