More Sync Options

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mar2112

07 Apr, 2024 04:31 AM

I don't use Dropbox or iCloud and I am loathe to store any of my data on a system that I do not control. As they say, the cloud is just someone else's computer, and I prefer to keep my data on my systems.

It would be great if a future update of the app had additional sync options for folks to use their own servers.

I envision my use of the app would be to enter transactions on my phone and have them sync over my wifi when I return home. I don't have a need or desire to sync while out and about.

I use syncthing to keep my calendar up-to-date between my households 2 phones and 2 computers. Maybe that would work for moneydance too.

  1. 1 Posted by dwg on 07 Apr, 2024 05:32 AM

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    I'm a fellow user.

    Moneydance did have WiFi peer to peer syncing at one point, this was over a decade ago.

    It proved to be problematic with a disproportional amount of support time trying to help people with their home network setup.

    The decision was made to use Client server types approaches, Dropbox and iCloud being the two examples supported with the Moneydance Mobile applications, although desktops supports most types of file services as well

    Given the history I am not envisaging support for peer to peer configurations making a comeback, perhaps the mobile support could be extended to other Client/server solutions.

  2. 2 Posted by derekkent23 on 07 Apr, 2024 07:52 AM

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    I am not Support staff, just a user.
    Hi mar2112

    I use a free Dropbox account along with Moneydance’s internal sync engine. Your actual Data Set is not stored in the Cloud. The data being synced via Dropbox is end to end encrypted with the key only being held on your devices not in the cloud.

    Just for info.

  3. 3 Posted by Stuart Beesley ... on 07 Apr, 2024 09:35 AM

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    Just to clarify further. The onlinecloud sync folder holds a copy of all the data in your local dataset. Yes, it’s fully encrypted. The decryption key / password is one set by you and a copy of this key is stored on your local dataset (not in the cloud sync data)

  4. 4 Posted by mar2112 on 07 Apr, 2024 04:07 PM

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    Yes, I am aware that the data is encrypted. The data is still on someone else's computer. Drop Box is a much bigger hacking or ransomware target than my home server.

    On April 7, 2024 2:35:34 AM PDT, "Stuart Beesley (Mr Toolbox)" <[email blocked]> wrote:

  5. 5 Posted by mar2112 on 07 Apr, 2024 09:03 PM

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    syncthing makes peer to peer sharing easy. My devices are configured to only share on my home network. My data stays within my control.

    On April 6, 2024 10:32:35 PM PDT, dwg <[email blocked]> wrote:

  6. 6 Posted by derekkent23 on 08 Apr, 2024 07:00 AM

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    I am not Support staff, just a user.
    Hi mar2112

    I have been using Dropbox to allow the use of Moneydance’s sync engine since it became available in 2017 and this make syncing easy. As my data is end to end encrypted with the key only on my devices I feel my data is safe. Even if Dropbox was hacked all they would get is a worthless encrypted folder. My actual Data Sets remain on my computers and phones, not in the cloud. Using the Moneydance supported sync method means I have Moneydance’s support and the freedom to sync to my three Windows and one Linux computers as well as my two Android phone. If I really wonted to I could have my Data Set open on all of them without fear of data corruption. Enter a transaction on one device and it appear on all the other devices within 60 seconds. Happy days. Two or more people can work on the same Data Set at the same time. I am probably in more danger from using the internet and emails than the way I use Dropbox. Still I have protection programs installed on all my computers to protect me from the rest of the world. But each to their own.

    Have Fun, Stay Safe.

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