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.
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
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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