Over the past decade, people have become increasingly dependent on multiple devices that require a constant connection to the internet, which has made syncing devices more common. Whether it’s your smartphone or your console, using multiple devices with the same user settings makes it easy to juggle between devices.
However, syncing your devices has pros and cons, just like everything else. If you’re unsure how syncing affects you and your devices, here are the most common pros and cons you should be aware of.
Benefits of device synchronization
The biggest advantage sync devices give you is easy access to your files across multiple platforms. For example, by synchronizing your smartphone and desktop computer, you can access files on your PC through your smartphone. This ease of access means you no longer have to worry about saving or transferring files and folders across multiple devices for accessibility.
A great benefit of syncing devices in a work or study space is that it allows multiple people to collaborate on the same project. For example, a writer and an editor can collaborate on the same document, even if they are not on the same device. This alone has revolutionized many industries and workspaces, as tasks no longer have to be queued one after the other.
Over the past two years, many workers have enjoyed successful collaboration from home, which can largely be attributed to device synchronization.
Syncing your devices also lets you create backups of your files and folders across multiple devices without having to manually transfer them. This allows you to easily recover lost data from other devices if your currently used device is damaged or lost.
If you lose data because your device isn’t synced with a network and your hard drive has crashed, it’s still possible to recover the lost data. But you’ll need trust computer repair services to do this because advanced data recovery procedures will need to be performed on the failed hard drive.
Most modern devices will ask you for permission to sync with other devices when setting them up, provided the device has sync options. New devices can simply be synced with your preset settings for your other devices, saving you time-consuming and tedious setup times. This is especially useful in an office with multiple machines.
The benefit of having easy setup for synchronization devices has kept educational institutions and industries around the world running smoothly during the last two years of the pandemic. In particular, the software and SAAS industry benefited greatly from this technological feature.
Disadvantages of syncing devices
The first disadvantage of synchronization devices is that they make all the devices in the network to which they belong very vulnerable. Any device synchronized with a network can be subject to a cyberattack or malware infection at any given time. If this happens, the hacker can also gain access to other network devices. In case of malware infection, other network devices can also be infected.
Unfortunately, there is no best way to combat this problem, as different devices in a sync network have different vulnerabilities. The best you can do is make sure all devices on a network are fully protected and hope for the best.
Another thing to consider when it comes to syncing data is your internet bill. In most cases, you’ll need an unlimited broadband subscription to realistically manage the costs of simultaneously duplicating data across multiple devices. You’ll quickly find that your internet bill skyrockets if you’re on a limited internet plan.
While the problem can be somewhat mitigated by individual users being able to choose what data they want to sync, this is often not an option for businesses and educational institutions. So it only becomes a major problem if you run a business or organization that relies heavily on data storage. Many ISPs take this into account and offer business plan offers.
Keep things in balance
Now that you know the pros and cons of syncing your devices, you should have an easier time deciding when and where to sync your devices.
As a general rule, keep at least one device you own unsynced so that it is unaffected by virus and malware attacks, and manually transfer data and files to it every week. This way you will have considered all scenarios.