In this age of government-sponsored attacks on our privacy and eavesdropping of our digital exchanges, incredibly weak security in most sharing apps frustrates me. Unless you use iMessage or select few services, the spooks can pretty easily intercept those nude shots as they’re being uploaded.
So why take the risk and not opt for the device-to-device sharing method, whenever possible?
While iOS’s AirDrop feature is great, it leaves a lot to be desired. AirDrop isn’t very reliable, doesn’t cope well with large media files and is unavailable on other platforms, making direct photo sharing with an Android friend mostly a pipe dream.
Enter BitTorrent, one of the most common protocols for transferring large files. Based on peer-to-peer technology, their new mobile app called Shoot can help you share batches of photos and video directly between multiple devices, no matter what device you use or what network you’re on.
As it bypasses the cloud, utilizes encryption and was built from the ground up on top of the proven BitTorrent Sync engine, Shoot can move gigabytes of files easily and securely so your data remains completely private.
The app is built around spontaneity and requires that devices be in close proximity, making it the perfect sharing solution at concerts and birthdays, on vacations and more.
“It makes good use of distributed technology, enabling a fully private experience that the user controls, with no need to create a relationship with us as a company,” they tell me in an email.
With Shoot, sending multiple photos and large videos directly to one or more devices at the same time is a breeze. And since everything is happening directly between people and devices, the apps works very fast.
Upon opening the app, just tap Send, choose photos and videos from your library and have the people you want to share with scan the QR code that appears on the screen to begin transferring the files.
Check out the promotional video below.
Again, the app uses the BitTorrent Sync engine so large files are no problem and the media travels directly between any number of devices without going through the cloud.
Try sharing a 3GB video with another iPhone user over AirDrop and you’ll see what I mean. Best of all, Shoot is available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
Because cross-platform apps like Bump, which was pulled shortly after Google bought them, are few and far between apps like Shoot solve the challenge of sending hundreds of photos or a long video when you’re on iOS and a friend next to you has an Android phone.
Shoot employs a freemium approach, meaning a one-time $1.99 In-App Purchase is required to enable unlimited sending after spending your first three free sends (receiving items is always free).
The 19.2-megabyte app requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 8.0 or later and is optimized for the iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screen resolutions.
BitTorrent Shoot is free in the App Store.