Do You Know Data Privacy Can Be Achieved? Welcome to The Terminology of Friendly Sync

The ideology of “Friendly Sync” is simple: Don't store user data on servers, allow device-to-device storage and sharing, and still encrypt it! How’s that for “make sense?”

Welcome to The Terminology of Friendly Sync — privacy friendly
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Data and online privacy of personal information have become the utmost concern of web users today. There are reasonable reasons for that as well. If we look at some of the known onslaughts on online privacy in the past decade or so, we will come to realize that it’s about time to think seriously about the personal data we willingly feed to several online services and platforms. From social networks to messaging apps, and cloud storage to e-commerce services, everything has some form of dirt on its collars. That is why understanding and adopting a safe, secure, and less-tracked method of web surfing is of utmost importance. And this thing ultimately reminds me of the terminology of ‘Friendly Sync.’

So, what is Friendly Sync? Well, first it’s a philosophy of secure data systematics and transferring. Second, it’s an app as well that is solely built as a privacy-friendly alternative to data-hungry cloud services out there. However, my focus in this article is to narrate and discuss with readers the highly safe and secure philosophy of personal information transfer and usage on the web, which is the core behind this app. I believe decoding the idea behind the FriendlySync app will be of great help to privacy-concerned web users; hence, the Friendly Sync terminology. So, let’s break it down into pieces.

What is FriendlySync — the App?

Image Credit: FriendlySync App

Before discussing the main terminology of Friendly Sync data privacy philosophy, I would first like to brief a bit about the application itself. After all, it deserves some credit as well. FriendlySync, the app, is a privacy-friendly way to sync your data across all the devices you use. Since their system dynamics is our concern in this privacy-friendly article, I will only narrate their encryption technique.

The first, and foremost, thing which sets apart FriendlySync is its emphasis on storing files right on your device — they don’t store any of your files on their servers. From a native “Home” folder, whatever data/file you store in it gets automatically synchronized across all your devices. This is a great point to know because cloud storage or data transfer services normally uploads the information on their servers and then sync it across devices. Well, almost every web service follows the same pattern anyway.

Second, FriendlySync uses a 256-bit encryption technology that keeps your data secure from prying eyes, even from the developers themselves. Combine these two techniques, and you’ll get a combo of privacy-friendly cloudless and encrypted data syncing facilities. This is a sure and safe way to go in the current times where privacy and personal information can be easily manipulated by the will of the big tech giants.

Built and owned by a person who was himself a privacy-theft victim once, George Tatar made it a mission of his to provide people a safe, secure, and flexible way to manage private data and day-to-day life. For the first purpose, he built FriendlySync! For the second, he built Akrutosync, another highly acclaimed automatic and private syn application exclusively for syncing extremely sensitive data of your Microsoft Outlook account. Now, let me shed some light on why the ‘Friendly Sync’ methodology is best in these privacy-grief times.

The Ideal Terminology of ‘Friendly Sync’ for Online Privacy

Two things need to be told, and needs to be understood, from the point of online privacy these days. While encryption technology is somewhat common, the main idea here is to lack server data collection here. No matter where cloud or any type of web-based service providers are located, an authentic research paper on the subject describes the use of personal data stored on provider’s servers as follows:

“Central to any consideration of cloud-based processing is the ‘personal data’ definition. The DPD only applies to ‘personal data.’ Information which is not, or ceases to be, ‘personal data,’ may be processed, in the cloud or otherwise, free of data protection law requirements.”

(W. Kuan Hon, Christopher Millard, Ian Walden, The problem of ‘personal data’ in cloud computing: what information is regulated? — the cloud of unknowing, International Data Privacy Law, Volume 1, Issue 4, November 2011, Pages 211–228, https://doi.org/10.1093/idpl/ipr018)

An easier description of what can happen to this data (your data) is described in this blog:

“Cloud-based service providers store user data on hard drive arrays in servers that are susceptible to many of the same faults as the storage in your laptop or desktop computer.”

(Where is Cloud Data Stored — New CMI)

So, as one can get a vague idea now, any web service which processes and store personal information of a user on their servers is subjected to several kinds of integrity vulnerabilities. This is where the ideology used by FriendlySync developers, and others similarly, is of the highest consideration nowadays. Like grief-stricken data integrity situations these days, the integrity of the people running big tech is also questionable.

Of course, with huge amounts of personal gains for the big tech owners/investors from the enormous pool of public data, it is less likely that complete privacy can ever be achieved on established platforms and web services.

How big and established tech platforms feed on your data is described in this brilliant blog by Security.org. They have detailed the data collection, why they collect, and how they use it for such services as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and others.

Therefore, to ensure being less tracked and less-collection of your online data, you need to make a switch — across the board — to those services which use server-less data processing and device-to-device storage, added with encryption. That is what makes the ideology of Friendly Sync a reliable and trustworthy privacy-friendly alternative. Please share your thoughts about how do you find this terminology in the age of highest piracy?

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