BitTorrent Inc. has opened up its Sync app to the public today. The new application is free of charge and allows people to securely sync folders to multiple devices using the BitTorrent protocol. Complete control over the storage location of the files and the absence of limits is what sets BitTorrent’s solution apart from traditional cloud based synchronization services.
The key difference between this service and alternatives like Dropbox is that BitTorrent Sync is completely decentralised, there’s no server in the cloud that is storing any of your files. It’s essentially the same method as is currently used for standard BitTorrent file sharing except it uses secret keys to keep your data safe and secure.
The app is still in alpha testing so I wouldn’t rely upon it too much for now but it’s a very interesting take on personal file syncing.