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BeInSync

By Phoenix Technologies Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Nov 7, 2008

This slick file-synchronization utility gives you remote access to e-mail messages, Web favorites, and other files. It keeps the files on secure online servers, so you can work with them from anywhere using your Web browser. Unfortunately, a lack of in-program help and an interface too simple for its own good keeps BeInSync from earning a top rating.

Installation and setup are straightforward. A wizard helps create "shares" for private or group use. Your private shares can include messages and contacts from Outlook or Favorites from IE, though unfortunately you'll get no support for alternative e-mail clients or browsers. You create group shares in four simple steps: select the directory or files you want to share, add e-mail addresses, write a note, and click Send. From there, adding people to group shares is simple, though removing them is not.

In fact, the whole interface is a mixed bag. The View, Settings, and Status buttons on top do most of the work, but finding our way around wasn't as easy as we expected. The online-only help has good information, but it's also difficult to navigate and is not searchable. Nevertheless, as long as you're comfortable with sharing your information via BeInSync's secure servers, it's a very effective way to backup or sync data across multiple computers and share files with friends and colleagues.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.2.53

Version 3.2.50 features CPU and bandwidth throttling option, controls how much computer and network resources are allocated to BeInSync.

General

Release November 7, 2008
Date Added January 16, 2008
Version 3.2.53

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Popularity

Total Downloads 3,918,872
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

BeInSync provides a simple, all-in-one solution for accessing, sharing and protecting your data. Using secure private network technology, BeInSync lets you automatically sync documents, photos, videos, and music across your computers, share files too large for e-mail with colleagues, friends or family, access your files from anywhere, and backup your valuable files and memories to secure online storage.

Version 3.2.53 adds CPU and bandwidth throttling option.