File syncing services such as Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive all have one thing in common: they provide a centrally hosted solution. Your files are stored not only on the devices you’re using but also on their servers. It’s an extremely useful feature as it means you can easily share files to other people without any complicated setup and you’ll always be able to access your files through a web browser. Whilst these services are extremely secure, there are those who are a little wary of having personal (or even confidential) information stored somewhere that they have no control over.
BitTorrent Sync is a new service that provides a decentralised file syncing solution with an emphasis on security and keeping your files off such servers. Is it a worthy alternative for the security conscious?
BitTorrent has proven itself to be a very popular system for sharing files online – a wide variety of software, music and video is available through the protocol. In order to download via BitTorrent you need a desktop application capable of handling .torrent files.
A range of different BitTorrent software is available for OS X – most of it free. Applications range from those offering complete simplicity, to far more powerful and feature-packed alternatives. In this post we will take a look at 7 different applications for various types of user.