If you’re a Mac user in a multi-platform environment– Mac, Windows, Linux– here’s an app that might be exactly what the backup and sync doctor ordered. This one does full backups, synchronizes files between devices, handles exact mirrors, and even compresses and encrypts files to backup or sync between devices
My day job keeps me bouncing back and forth between computers of differing species– Mac, Windows PCs, even some desktop Linux PCs (and servers). Our office needed a basic method to keep critical files backed up and synced from all devices using an app that would work on all devices. The name is a bit odd but what Syncovery does is not all that common.
Files and folders can be backed up in parallel between Macs, PCs, and server storage. Syncovery includes a built-in scheduler so backups can be done in off hours. What’s particularly attractive about Syncovery is the basic user interface and the flexible connection options. Not only will it connect Macs to PCs to Linux PCs, it also handles other protocols including FTP, FTPS, SFTP/SSH, WebDAV, SSL, HTTP.
Syncovery makes it simple enough to setup and run a backup or sync. Each sync job can be saved as a profile. The scheduler makes it automatic, but manual profiles can be launched, too.
Unlike most online or network backup apps, Syncovery also supports 256-bit AES file encryption, .Zip compression, SSH connections, and Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace Cloud, Microsoft OneDrive, and even Google Docs.
Any good Mac sync app pays attention to file changes and Syncovery does that, too, make adjustments in files when moved or changed files are detected.
Syncovery’s feature list is rather lengthy which makes it a better choice for enterprise, office, or a non-typical Mac home network setup. Even better, there’s a trial option which you’ll need. Syncovery is very Windows-like, even on the Mac version, so it takes some getting used to. Our office has slightly more Windows machines than Macs, so it seems to fit with the IT folks better than Mac backup utilities which are more personal and single-user centric.
Syncovery as a backup and sync tool gets plenty of good reviews. The basic interface is obvious, features behind the startup screen are more complex, so there’s a learning curve, but it does what it says on the tin. It backs up files.