Sync.com, an online service allowing users to access and synchronize their files on multiple devices, is now accepting bitcoin for payment.
The Toronto-based startup is an alternative to services like Dropbox, competing on the grounds of enhanced privacy, backup and synchronization capabilities.
Privacy is taken very seriously, in line with one of Bitcoin’s ideals. Similarly, Sync emphasizes the encryption of files, and values the notion of ‘zero knowledge’ systems- those which are occasionally evoked as the ideal forms of cryptocurrency- for information storage.
“Sync’s unique, zero-knowledge storage platform guarantees your privacy by providing end-to-end encryption, and only you have access to the keys,” says its site, making reference to another theme that it shares with Bitcoin- keys management.
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In a press release, the company says that “Bitcoin compliments Sync’s commitment to privacy by providing users with an encrypted payment option that does not require giving up personally identifiable information during signup.”
CEO Thomas Savundra said that Bitcoin is “a win for customers, and a win for privacy in general.”
The integration is being provided by BitPay.
The first 5 GB of storage are free. Packages of 500 GB and 2 TB are available for $49 and $98 per year respectively.
The service launched in July 2013 and currently claims over 100,000 users (Dropbox currently is said to have 400 million).