Privacy is Hard: File Syncing What about those on the other side of the service who work at the company responsible for storing the files?

When we’re working on a variety of devices – be it our computers, our tablets, or even our phones – it’s definitely convenient to have access to certain types wherever we are, right?

And with files aside, our phones have such powerful cameras now; it’s nice also to have the ability to store our photos but also to free up space on our phones (although this may be a tertiary issue for you regarding file syncing).

Anyway, there are a lot of services that are available that allow you to store your files in the cloud and to access them anywhere. It’s easy to tout security and privacy and, yes, we can do things on our end like enable two-factor authentication.

But what about the actual files themselves? That is, we can make it more difficult to log in and access the files but what about those on the other side who work at the company responsible for storing the files?

Private File Syncing

Enter Sync.

This is a service that I’ve been using in place of The Other File-Sharing Services for serval months, and I’ve been really happy with it.

What got me interested in it was this:

Sync protects your privacy with end-to-end encryption — ensuring that your data in the cloud is safe, secure and 100% private.

But I continued to read more about the service, signed up for the free 5GB, then ended up dropping the other services and paying for this one. (Sync even has a whitepaper on their security. Who does that? 🤓)

On User Experience Expectations

Anyway, as I continue to document the various software and services I’ve been using as it relates to privacy, this is one that I’ve wanted to share but wanted to give it a fair shake before talking about it.

And honestly, the delay is not only just to the nature of the service but the experience itself. I was expecting to be let down because outside the major players with whom we’re all familiar.

That is, I’ve not had a lot of success in finding a service that offers

  • a solid user interface,
  • the features we expect,
  • apps that work seamlessly across devices,
  • and that back everything else up.

But that’s what Sync does. And as much as this may read like some type of sponsored post or paid endorsement, it’s not (I mean, look at the links – they go directly to places on the services site 🙃).

So, recall from a previous post, the whole purpose of privacy isn’t necessarily to hide things because we have something to hide. It’s just to maintain ownership of things that our ours.

Privacy grants us freedom from the public; concealed.

And when it comes to backing up our files, end-to-end encryption is great. Match that with a solid app that works on multiple devices, and you’re set.