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Syncing remotely with Bittorrentsync
« on: October 15, 2013, 08:18:57 pm »
Hi Guys

Recently I've been experimenting with bittorrentsync as I'm looking for a more secure way of syncing data between my home and office (currently I use Dropbox), I can get it to work perfectly within my home lan and sync directories between PC's easily, but I can't get it to work between 2 remote locations
ie I can create a share on my office PC and generate a secret key for that share then I created a folder on my home PC to sync with it, in the bittorrentsync GUI when I paste the secret key in I'm instantly told the key is invalid.

What's also confusing me is there is a website that posts secret keys of members shared directories that they allow anyone to sync with (www.12char.com) and I can sync with these using their secret keys no problem

I apologise if I haven't explained this too well but I'm hoping someone will understand what I'm trying to say


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Re: Syncing remotely with Bittorrentsync
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2013, 09:54:39 pm »
Further to my last post I seem to have resolved the problem, although I don't know why this made any difference

when I created the share on my office PC I sent the secret key by pasting it into an email and sent it to myself then opened the email and copied it on my home PC but when I done that BTsync wouldn't accept it but just now I opened up the office in Team Viewer and copied the secret key and pasted into the BTsync GUI on my home PC and it works, so the problem seems to have been copying the key from an email but I don't understand why

BTsync is amazing it's super fast no web servers involved and no size restrictions and from what I understand super secure but the weakness seems to be how to pass the secret keys remotely from one PC to another securely but maybe I'm missing something obvious

anyway this is still experimental for me but so far BTsync ticks all the boxes



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Re: Syncing remotely with Bittorrentsync
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2013, 02:33:06 am »
Odd problem, but these things happen I suppose.

I'll have to give this a shot myself .. all sounds very handy .. particularly as it takes dynamic IP's out of the equation.
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Re: Syncing remotely with Bittorrentsync
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2013, 07:24:22 am »
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Odd problem, but these things happen I suppose.

Yes it is but in a way a good odd problem because in a real use situation I don't think exchanging keys via email would be a good idea anyway from a security standpoint although the GUI lists any connected devices so you can see whose connected to your share but of course by that time it's to late but i suppose that's no different from someone hacking your Dropbox password

I don't know how secure Dropbox is but from my point of view the real beauty of BTsync is there's no 3rd party cloud service it's peer to peer and I can have different keys for different shares kinda like having multiple Dropbox accounts and the amount of data I share is only limited by the size of my hard drive, one thing Dropbox has over BTsync is that I can access my Dropbox shares from any PC anywhere with a web browser which I can't do with BTsync because there's no account to log into but no doubt there's a way round that

BTsync also has a client for NAS devices like Freenas  which you would log into via ssh but it looks a bit out of my depth at the moment but it's something I'll definitely look into




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Re: Syncing remotely with Bittorrentsync
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2013, 11:31:46 am »
Sommat tells me this is a one off, or that your email client has inserted an extra character.

You'd need to be able to exchange keys by email .. let's say I need a synced folder with someone in the US .. how else would we exchange keys ?
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Re: Syncing remotely with Bittorrentsync
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2013, 11:58:46 am »
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Sommat tells me this is a one off, or that your email client has inserted an extra character.

It's not a one off I tried twice once from the office PC to the home PC and visa versa and I can't understand why my email client would insert or remove a character but you're right I'm probably doing something wrong

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You'd need to be able to exchange keys by email .. let's say I need a synced folder with someone in the US .. how else would we exchange keys ?

I agree I made a similar point in an earlier post, but I've set up a few shares testing this between my 2 home PC's copy & pasting the keys each time and it always worked until I tried to do it from an email but I'll try again by setting up another share and let you know how it goes




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Re: Syncing remotely with Bittorrentsync
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2013, 12:14:10 pm »
Maybe the email client is inserting carriage return symbols or something (?)
(this forum occasionally inserts a space into text when it's copy/pasted .. which is why I often tell people to visually check as well as copy/paste)

try zipping a text file and attaching it to the email .. or just attaching a text file with the key.
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