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Transporter Sync: A $99 Private, Local Dropbox



Imagine Dropbox. That was easy, right? Now imagine that instead of having all your files stored on some NSA-bait server somewhere on the internet, those files are instead stored on a hard drive of your own. And yet they’re still as readily accessible from all your devices via the internet.

That was, admittedly, a little trickier to imagine. But it was worth it, because our collective thinking has somehow magicked the new Transporter Sync into existence.

The Transporter Sync is a truncated version of the regular Transporter, and is designed to be used with an external USB drive instead of an internal one. It’s also half the price of the basic 500GB Transporter, at $99 instead of $199.

The Sync works just like cloud storage, only it’s local. All your computers can sync folders with the Transporter, just like they do with Dropbox. Only it’s all encrypted, and because you can just hook up a drive it’s dead easy to “upload” terabytes of data.

You can choose which files sync where, letting you use an SSD-equipped MacBook without filling it up, and you can add more transporters in other locations, where they will stay in sync. This seems to be the best bet, as it gives you all the redundancy of Dropbox, only more private.

There are also apps for your iDevices so they can play too. The only problem is that third-party apps don’t have access built-in.

I’m sold. I’ve been looking for an alternative to Dropbox for a while, and while I’ve found some, none of them are as ubiquitous as Dropbox. So I figure I’ll use Transporter for everything, and Dropbox as a temporary inline drive. The best part? You buy the transporter and you’re done: no subscription fees to pay, ever.

Source: File Transporter
Thanks: Dani!


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