Sync 2.3 ships with encrypted folder support

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 22, 2016

Sync 2.3 has been released and with it come new features designed specifically for power users according to BitTorrent Inc.

Sync has been a hot topic here on Ghacks Technology News ever since it was released as an alpha version.

We have monitored the application closely, witnessed the release of the pro version and the controversial feature limitation of the free version that went along with it, but also the release of new features such as on the fly permissions or sync all.

Sync 2.3 ships with a new folder type called Encrypted Folder. When users select the new folder type, they get the option to place an encrypted backup of data at a location which can be ideal for data backup purposes.

For instance, you may use the feature to save a copy of data in encrypted form at a cloud storage provider, while you store read or read-write copies at trusted machines.

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Below is a use example.

An example use case for the encrypted folder is using Sync to share cuts of a promotional video with a client. You can create a folder with the edited cuts on two machines A and B using a Read-Write key. This way you can edit on multiple machines and have the data in the folder automatically sync. You can provide an Encrypted key to a 3rd party cloud provider or a NAS device at a different location, so that machine will get an encrypted copy of all the videos.

Encrypted Folders offer a powerful new option to Sync users. While data that is transferred is always encrypted by the service, data was accessible at the destination up until now regardless of trust level.

The new sync enables you to use less-trusted data storage solutions as the data that you save to these locations is automatically encrypted at that location but not at others.

Sync 2.3 ships with other features including the ability to move data to and fro SD cards on Android 5 and higher devices, an option to run Sync as a service on Windows, and selective sync support on all supported Sync for Linux versions,

The latest feature is the only one that is not available in the free version. Sync as a service allows Sync to be run in the background on Windows machines even if the user is not logged in currently

Closing Words

The improvements that BitTorrent Inc shipped with Sync 2.3 make sense and may improve the client a lot depending on how it is being used.

Encrypted Folders, available in the free and paid version of Sync, is without doubt the major new feature of Sync 2.3 but it is not the only one that users may take a liking in.

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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

  10. Anonymous said on September 28, 2023 at 8:19 am

    When will you put an end to the mess in the comments?

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