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BitTorrent Intros Secure, Private Dropbox Alternative

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BitTorrent Labs has launched a pre-alpha of BitTorrent Sync, a local non-cloud distributed syncing service.

On Thursday BitTorrent Labs launched BitTorrent Sync, a new distributed syncing product to help manage personal files between multiple computers. This new Dropbox alternative is currently in a pre-alpha stage, but the team is calling on BitTorrent users to help "build something sick" by participating in its development.

"If you’re comfortable using early, incomplete software, and if you’re committed to helping us figure out a better way to sync, we want to hear from you," BitTorrent said in a recent blog. "We’re opening up enrollment in our pre-Alpha program to a limited number of testers. If you’re interested, check out the Labs page, fill out an application, and we’ll get you started."

TorrentFreak has taken the pre-alpha for a test drive, and reports that unlike Dropbox and Skydrive, BitTorrentr Sync doesn't rely on an external cloud. Even more, there are no storage limits, and third-parties won't have access to your stored files. File transfers are also a lot faster because it's all done locally across the user's network.

"It fits into our overall goal of making a better Internet using P2P," BitTorrent Labs told the site. "This [alpha] is a great opportunity for participants to help us shape this developing product."

Setting up the private network is reportedly an easy task that can be accomplished in a minute. Simply install the BitTorrent Sync application, select a folder to share, generate a key, and that's it. This private key can then be used to sync the folder to other devices on the network.

The pre-alpha application will require a little information about how the service will be used prior to approval. This includes the number of different machines that will be used to sync the files, whether the user has a NAS device, what operating system will be used to run the application, and more.

To sign up for the BitTorrent Sync pre-alpha, head here. The application is available for Windows, OS X, and Linux, and will also run on NAS devices through a web-based interface.

 

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    rpmrush , January 26, 2013 3:15 PM
    Hmmm
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    Anonymous , January 26, 2013 4:29 PM
    This is the answer to what I have been searching for!
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    Anonymous , January 26, 2013 8:46 PM
    Sounds like a generic FTP server setup to me. Only difference is instead of a typical web address you are using a "key" and bittorrent can snoop in your stuff.
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    killerclick , January 26, 2013 8:48 PM
    Oh, I don't know, I have Dropbox, Skydrive and Google Drive on all my computers and devices. I'm not sure which one is best, they're all perfectly fine for what I use them for, which is nothing.
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    thecolorblue , January 26, 2013 9:52 PM
    sdfihueiagufSounds like a generic FTP server setup to me. Only difference is instead of a typical web address you are using a "key" and bittorrent can snoop in your stuff.

    encrypted from everyone vs dropbox, google, etc has a readable version with a copy that goes here --> http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/

    even a halfwit buffoon can see that the cloud storage options offered by dropbox, google, microsoft, ___... etc...etc...etc... are nothing that anyone on the planet should use
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    abbadon_34 , January 27, 2013 7:27 AM
    Anyone who thinks ANY company, public or non-profit, large or small, will protect your privacy is naive. Not always their fault, but at some level each will cave. "Cloud" is the worst thing to happen to privacy since Facebook. If you don't take precautions, noone else will.
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    kjoz , January 27, 2013 9:31 AM
    usually governments get what governments want... Take a look at Switzerland (not related to this)

    USA made them change their banking rules that go back hundreds of years... and you don't think they can get a company to hand over some data that is "encrypted"??

    Nothing special in my opinion!
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    frish , January 27, 2013 9:11 PM
    thecolorblueencrypted from everyone vs dropbox, google, etc has a readable version with a copy that goes here --> http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2 [...] atacenter/even a halfwit buffoon can see that the cloud storage options offered by dropbox, google, microsoft, ___... etc...etc...etc... are nothing that anyone on the planet should use

    That's a very arrogant opinion. I personally find dropbox very convenient for sharing files and easy to manage. Maybe you need to be cautious in sharing more private files maybe even encrypting them, but to say that they don't have a place at all is just silly.
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    randomizer , January 28, 2013 6:46 AM
    kjoz and you don't think they can get a company to hand over some data that is "encrypted"??


    What does it matter if they did? There's no difference between encrypted data and random noise unless you have the key.
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    kjoz , January 28, 2013 6:57 AM
    randomizerWhat does it matter if they did? There's no difference between encrypted data and random noise unless you have the key.


    I mean handing over data that you think was encrypted, completely unencrypted.. Take Blackberry for an instance.. all the data that goes through their servers is encrypted.. They stated that there's way's to get the data but its against "Policy"

    If you place something encrypted on their servers without using their algorithms, then your all set
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    stan_25 , January 28, 2013 2:59 PM
    I find working with Dropbox easier and it is not only about security. One needs to give performance, efficiency and reliability its due importance as well and Dropbox has been quite good in those areas. And especially since Dropbox has integrated with GroupDocs, my nightmares of having to sync files from one platform to the other are over. I open my Dropbox files directly from GroupDocs account and edit those without much hassle. I would definitely vote in favour of Dropbox for giving a great solution to the users. The details of this integration can be followed from here:

    http://groupdocs.com/blog/groupdocs-document-management/archive/2012/08/15/announcing-dropbox-integration-with-groupdocs-apps-suite.html
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