Just two weeks after launch, BitTorrent Inc’s new sharing tool is already clocking up some impressive numbers.
BitTorrent Sync is a new tool that allows users to securely sync folders across multiple devices using the BitTorrent protocol. It’s a Dropbox-like tool but without cloud storage, and with no limit on file-sizes it’s proving a hit.
“To date, more than a petabyte of anonymous data has been synced between BitTorrent Sync users. A petabyte!” BitTorrent Inc just announced.
“To put that into context, the Internet Archive, one of the world wide web’s largest repositories of media, houses 10 petabytes of data. Sync is massive. And it’s growing. Over 70 terabytes of anonymous data are synced daily.”
For those users wondering how BitTorrent Inc knows how much is being shared, the company offers the following reassurances:
“Sync was built for secure sharing. While we have general statistics about the app, we don’t have any access to private information.
“The client reports back anonymous usage statistics in the same way our other clients do. Sync uses this call to check if there’s a new build available. This call also contains some anonymous statistics that allow us to understand how Sync performs, and how it’s being used; data transferred directly, through relay, size of folders, and number of files synced.
“This is the only information we collect, and we left it open intentionally – so that people could see the data we’re collecting. That way, it can be easily verified that we don’t have access to any private information,” the company concludes.
Now, if only there was an iOS version in the works…..