Its been some months since I started my testing of BitCasa, during all this time I´ve been exchanging emails with the BitCasa team providing them feedback about problems, errors of their overall functionality and Windows/iOS apps. They have been sending me early versions of their Windows client to test, and gosh I spent hours doing it (and still do). No, I didn’t got paid, but I believe so much in the concept that I want to see the product stable and working nice.
While BitCasa has been polishing several aspects of the software and service, they are still not implementing the Dropbox/Copy main sync functionality. Yes they have a “mirror” function but its very limited and works strangely. Although several users are asking a lot of specs through feedback.bitcasa.com I guess eventually they will add it together with a lot of great things the service could offer.
On the meantime, I am testing different Sync solutions, and today I successfully tested one that could be useful for more than one person, that’s why I am sharing it on this post.
As you might have heard the guys at BitTorrent are testing a product they called Sync, and what it does is precisely that, synchronization of files between your computer and devices and any other computer or device on any part of the world that you would like to sync with.
BitTorrent Sync is still under development and it looks basic but its powerful, you select a folder to share, and you generate a unique key for that folder. Then you send that key to the person you want to receive the syncing of your files and thats all. After the recipient selected the destination drive where to place this synced folder, nothing else needs to be done, the automated both ways syncing will start. Of course the recipient has to have the Sync tool installed too :). You can also define read only access so that way the other person wont be able to add things to your folder, and even you have a temporary 24 hours access key you could send.
So how all this works with BitCasa? Well, you can share stuff you have on BitCasa with Syncing functionality to others through BitTorrent Sync. You can also sync folders of your family to a BitTtorrent Sync folder that you can place inside your BitCasa drive and they will be able to save their files on your BitCasa account, getting offsite backups of their files.
Also, I´ve been reading (although haven’t tested it yet), that BitTorrent Sync has a package for different NAS devices for example Synology, and you could sync these files directly from the NAS to your BitCasa drive (through your computer). At least this will work until the guys at BitCasa prepare a package for the most devices like Synology, QNAP, Buffalo, iOmega.
In terms of security BitTorrent Sync states:
“BitTorrent Sync was designed with privacy and security in mind. All the traffic between devices is encrypted with AES cypher and a 256-bit key created on the base of the secret—a random string (20 bytes or more) that is unique for every folder.” You can read more about it here.
So there are workaround´s for the specs BitCasa is missing, I really hope they move forward on the speed of their development, it could become a great product.
Have you tried any of this? Do you have any other suggestion on how to sync folders using also BitCasa? I heard some people using GoodSync but havent tested it yet.
UPDATE January 2015:
Unfortunately BitCasa is dying, they cancelled all unlimited storage plans forcing every user which had an unlimited storage account to close it. I think this company was a good idea but they never made the product work properly and their commercial aspects where always at doubt. I recommend NOT to trust BitCasa with your files at all.