Today we are launching the first experimental stage of sync for Ghost Browser. This has been our most requested feature but it took some time to design the solution because, quite frankly, we never really wanted your data on our servers.
The solution we came up with represents a unique approach to storing your data that truly puts you in control of it and enables sync capabilities between any computers you use your account on.
It’s called Private Data Sync and it works like this.
You can store your browser data to any cloud based solution like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, OneDrive or any similar service. Because you control your cloud account you can delete or move your data anywhere whenever you want.
Once you select a Private Data Sync storage location, you can access it from any computer. If you use Dropbox, for example, you just need to have Dropbox installed on all of the computers you use Ghost Browser on and the browser will be able to access it there.
Now, it’s true that your data still lives on the servers owned by your storage solution. However, it’s not stored in a way that Dropbox or Google can make any sense of it or use it to track your browsing.
Further your data is protected on those cloud solutions with the same Advanced Encryption Standard that is used by the US Government and other organizations world-wide. The data is protected by a key that only you know. So no one can open your files and peek inside either.
Since we are still helping you deal with potentially sensitive data, the first iteration of this feature is limited in the data it handles. At this point you can store and sync your bookmarks. We felt this was the least sensitive data in your browser, so we chose to use it to get the feature out into the wild before we dealt with more sensitive data.
In the future you will be able to sync more data types like Workspaces, Identities, autofill data, search history and as much data as possible to make your browser experience consistent across computers and keep it under your control.
You may have guessed, but this is also the beginning stage of allowing you to share your data with team members as well.
Private Data Sync is turned off by default. Even if you are not a heavy user of bookmarks we’d love for you to turn it on, try it and give us feedback so we can be sure all bases are covered before we expand the data we will help you sync.