Here at younity we take privacy seriously. It’s one of the main reasons why we decided to facilitate the ability for users to build their very own personal cloud out of their own devices vs. forcing users to upload their data to a public cloud where their data might be at more risk of being comprised. We continue to see privacy and security of user data as an important issue. A recent study by the Centre of International Governance Innovation conducted a survey on “Internet Security and Trust”. In the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks of more than a year ago they found that two-thirds of the 23,376 participants from 24 countries have increased their concerns around online privacy. The complete New York Times Bits Blog article by Ian Austen is below.

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OTTAWA — A survey released on Monday suggests that revelations about government online snooping provided by Edward Snowden did not raise concerns about online privacy to the same degree in the United States as in other countries. But it also indicates that a majority of Americans are worried about the security of personal information.

The online survey of 23,326 people in 24 countries conducted for Centre for International Governance Innovation, a Canadian research group, also found that Americans view the Internet as less vital to their economic, social and political future than other people worldwide.

While the poll found that the information leaked by Mr. Snowden about government online surveillance was well known in the United States, 62 percent of American respondents told Ipsos, a polling firm, that they were more concerned about online privacy now than they were a year ago. By comparison, that worry had increased for 83 percent of respondents in Brazil, India and Nigeria during the same period.

People in Sweden were the most sanguine, with only 46 percent indicating that their privacy worries have increased.

But Americans are nevertheless unhappy with the state of online security. Just 45 percent of American respondents said they thought that the government did “a very good job of making sure the Internet in their country is safe and secure.” Tunisians were the most satisfied, with 82 percent agreeing with that statement while, at the other extreme, only 25 percent of Japanese respondents said that was the case.

Similarly, only 31 percent of Americans agreed that “private information on the Internet is very secure”. Their worries fit not unexpected patterns. The survey found that 76 percent of Americans are concerned about having their bank accounts hacked and 70 percent are worried about personal messages and photographs being accessed or stolen.

But since the data released by Mr. Snowden, only 36 percent of Americans have done anything to improve their online privacy and security, a step taken by 69 percent of respondents from India. A minority of Americans said that they trust either the United States government, the technology industry, the United Nations or an international body of experts to run the Internet.

And while the Internet was an American creation, Americans are comparatively a little less in its thrall than citizens of other nations.

Seventy-seven percent of Americans agreed that affordable Internet access “should be a basic human right.” By contrast, more than 90 percent or more of respondents from China, Tunisia, Nigeria, Indonesia and Egypt supported that sentiment. And just three quarters of Americans, 74 percent, agreed that the Internet was “important for their own economic future and livelihood.” That idea was backed by 90 percent of Chinese respondents and 97 percent of Nigerians.

The survey was released at a meeting in Ottawa about how the Internet should be governed, organized by the Canadian governance center and Britain’s Royal Institute of International Affairs which is usually known as Chatham House.


The team at younity had its first international outing this week as one of the companies invited to Web Summit’s START Summit. The START Summit is 150 selected/invited companies that represent what the Web Summit organizers feel are the most interesting growth companies in the world. It goes without saying that we were honored to be selected and excited to see what the world’s biggest tech conference had in store for us.

Web Summit is a big deal, not just in Ireland but worldwide – the number of people attending is astounding and the buzz in the air permeates all of Dublin. Folks like Bono and Peter Thiel take to the stage and share their thoughts with attendees excited to see them in person, while companies like younity have a chance to talk to folks from all around the world to share what we are building.

At the end of the day, we were pretty wiped out! Literally hundreds of people came to talk to us and learn more about younity. We barely escaped with our voices, which could only be fully restored by having a few pints after the show ;) Dublin is a city very focused on becoming one of the next major tech centers of the world. younity was given a warm welcome, with lots of interest from companies and research groups in Ireland.

Whether it was discussing trends around the Internet of Things at Trinity College’s Long Room or the welcome party at the House of Guinness or getting to know some awesome folks at other startups like Pley, Trip4Real and Vantage Sports, we had a great time and look forward to our next trip to Ireland. Thanks to Paddy Cosgrave and the whole team at Web Summit.

younity booth at Web Summit 2014

In an hour long video, Edward Snowden tells viewers about his path to becoming a whistle blower, why he made the choice and touches on the subject of privacy moving forward. The interview by the New Yorker highlights the new film Citizenfour released at The 52nd New York Film Festival earlier this week. While Snowden notes that services like Facebook and Google have beefed up security, he states that if you care about your privacy, you should stay away from popular consumer Internet services. Dropbox he specifically mentions is “hostile to privacy” because of the way most of “The Cloud” services work today; failing to support encryption of your files entirely.

At younity we care very much about our own privacy, the privacy of our users and have built younity with that in mind. For quite a few of us at younity; we utilize the services Snowden deems as dangerous. We recognize there are privacy concerns around exposing certain types of data but are willing to take those risks as they are offset by the benefits of creating more efficiencies around getting work done or easily keeping friends and family up-to-date with what’s happening in our lives. We would like to hear your thoughts on how you personally manage and balance your privacy online.  

A couple months back weyounity Share, Stream and Chat. Folder sharing. snuck in the ability to share entire folders with friends, family members and co-workers. Now, you can easily share folders containing multiple files; videos, music, photos and documents with whomever you want.  When that user receives a notification from younity stating that you have shared a folder with them, they will be able to view the content on their iPhone or iPad. Just think what the possibilities are. Easily share things like; photos of your child’s birth with your mom, your favorite music with your friend Julie, your favorite movies with a group of your friends, even important work documents with co-workers that you might not want to have permanent access to sensitive files. After sharing you can chat about the files within each particular folder. The users’ you share a folder with will be able to access all the files within the assigned folder but they will not be able to download or re-share the folder with others. Currently the share will last for 7 days before expiring. Let us know your thoughts on the length of the share and if you have recommendations around the options or limitations of sharing a file or a folder. Sharing folders simplifies the sharing of multiple files. In the coming weeks and months we will be releasing more features that extend on the ability to easily share groups of files, so keep an eye out for those announcements. We look forward to hearing your feedback.


Now that you’ve installed the younity mobile application from iTunes you may be asking yourself, “What’s next?” or “Why am I not seeing anything in the app?” Well, here’s the answer: There is a second and final step that completes the set up of younity. The next step is to install younity on your Mac or Windows computer by visiting or clicking Step 1 on the right side of the blog while visiting from your computer. Shortly after completing this step you will receive a message on your computer saying, “younity – Scan Complete.” This may take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes depending on how many files you have stored on your computer. At this point your files will be accessible on your iPhone or iPad and you will be able to take the following action with the app.

If you have other questions please reach out to our Support team.









Ever wish you could post a photo that is stored on your computer to Instagram? These days, people shoot lots of pictures with their smartphones, but eventually those photos make their way to a computer. Unfortunately, whether it’s an old smartphone photo, a photo shot with a camera, or some photo scanned from that childhood photo album, publishing these photos to Instagram has never been easy. Workarounds include emailing yourself the photo, then save it to your phone, then post it to Instagram. Others put it in Dropbox, then open the Dropbox app, then save it to your phone, then post it to Instagram. None of this is convenient – you always have to plan ahead. That’s why we built one-click posting of any photo, right to Instagram. How easy is it? It’s this easy:

1) Install younity on your computer(s). It will scan your hard drive (takes 15-30 minutes), including external hard drives if you tell it to, and find all your photos.

2) Install the younity mobile app on your iOS devices, let it download your file metadata (takes 2-3 minutes).

3) Open the younity app and go to the Photos section.

4) Find the photo you want to publish and open it, then select the little icon of the box with the arrow pointing up (lower left of screen).

5) Choose Instagram.

younity lets you browse all the files stored on your computer, PC or Mac, right from you smartphone or tablet. It’s all peer-to-peer, so your content is never stored online and no one has access to it except you. Not only can you post photos to Instagram, but you can easily do the same to Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and other services. You can even open those photos in another app to edit them, like VSCO Cam, Photoshop Express or Lightroom Mobile. You can even print your photos at the nearest printer (WiFi or AirPrint). Best of all, if you want to share something privately, instead of with the whole world, you can share any file with anyone you know – peer-to-peer. They stream the file to their device, but can’t download it or re-share it; and you can un-share it anytime you want.

younity was built so you can have instant, easy access to all the files you have stored on your computers while you are on the go. There’s no uploading, no syncing and no magic folders. It’s totally unlimited

Not only does younity let you browse, stream and share your photos, it does the same for all your music, videos and movies. Check it out for free at


Recently younity was featured in Huffington Post as one of three apps that will simplify your life while traveling. Here’s a quick overview with the full article below.

1. PackPoint – packing assistant. You tell Packpoint where you are going, for how long and the activities you will be doing and it tells you what to pack. Simple and helpful.

2. younity – gives you the ability to access files stored on your home or work computer so that you can easily travel without anyone knowing you aren’t at your desk.  It also makes it easy to share your videos, photos and even music on-the-go.

3. Trover – exploration app created by the minds behind Expedia. Trover uses GPS to discover events and other fun things around you which takes the difficulty out of being at the right place at the right time.

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Sara Graham of Huffington Post writes:

Never fails. After every trip I get wind of some brand new smartphone app that would have made my life easier (or my suitcase lighter). Whether it’s destination planning, sharing photos on-the-go, or allowing for a more fluid work flow, here are three amazing new apps you can use to improve life on the go.

Starting with the most annoying of tasks — packing. Generating a bespoke bundle of of the things one should pack, PackPoint is not another checklist builder. All I need to do is enter the destination, dates, as well as the purpose of the trip…and voila! From there I can edit my agenda to include “morning run,” “casual dinner out” and “business meeting” and this handy app tells me what to make room for.

On the go and want access to your media and files stored at home? younity, the personal cloud streaming service is proving to be infinitely useful. Why? Imagine all your devices working as if they were a single device — allowing access to any file, anytime. younity has made this a reality. Install it on your computers and your music collection, photo albums and video libraries are all there on your iPhone or iPad, regardless of storage. I can show friends in Toronto all of my epic New Zealand panoramas and videos (big files too large for the phone) even when I don’t have my laptop with me.

Need one of those images for #FlashbackFriday? No problem. I can easily find the file and post it to Instagram. For those travelling with GoPro cameras, younity is a fantastic way to privately share (peer-to-peer) your videos with family and friends around the world. It’s like a digital Swiss Army knife, I can stream my favorite iTunes playlist on the Metro, watch a movie from home at the hotel, print a document at any nearby printer, or email any file at any time. So simple to use and free for any amount of data.

Available for iPhone and Android, Trover was created by the same minds behind Expedia. This “exploration app” helps users discover what’s happening around them by using enhanced geo-location technology to curate the best of nearby locations. This app is going to come in handy for taking on Rome during the winter holidays. Taking into account that my partner lived there years ago, navigating one of the world’s most beautifully chaotic cities will be a breeze.


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Labeling new products is almost a national pastime. Most often, the goal is to provide some point of reference, so you can quickly know what a product does. So when Boy Genius Report labeled younity the “Snapchat for everything,” we couldn’t help but be flattered and impressed. Snapchat is an amazing company that is pioneering a new form of communication and achieving unbelievable growth. younity is built around much of the same concern – that our data remains ours, even when we share it. When file sharing with younity, you never need to worry about us getting hacked and losing your files – we don’t have access to or store your files ever. Furthermore, when you share a file with a friend via younity, it is shared entirely peer-to-peer between you and that person. You can un-share it anytime and we never store it online. We love building younity, so we’re likely biased. Perhaps it’s best to let BGR do what they do best – tell you about us in their own words.

younity is free. To learn more or download the desktop software and mobile app, head over to

As posted originally on Boy Genius Report, written by Chris Smith.

‘Younity’ is a Snapchat for everything.

Younity is a new service from Entangled Media that brings Snapchat-like sharing features that apply to all the possible files users would have on their mobile devices and PCs, all without the company seeing or storing any of them. While in Snapchat shared images and pictures are actually stored on the company’s servers, and users at the receiving end can still find ways to copy the content that’s briefly shared with them, Younity will only manage the connection between two devices.

A person would be able to share any files with friends and family, including video and music, but the users at the receiving end would not be able to actually download anything. Furthermore, the actual sharing expires after a period of time, and can be stopped at any time. As for copyright or privacy-related concerns, it appears there aren’t any.

“It’s the equivalent of me playing a CD in your car,” Entangled Media CEO and cofounder Eric Caso told VentureBeat. “You can listen to a song, but you can’t download it. You can only go buy it, and I can unshare it at any time.” As for the data that’s transmitted, the company doesn’t do anything with it. “We can’t see it; we can’t describe it; we can’t touch it.”

The app works on a variety of devices, integrates with other services including Dropbox and is free to use, at least for the time being. But interestingly, the Snapchat-like feature is only one aspect of Younity, as the service is not just a clone of the popular photo messaging application that works with all kinds of files.

Instead, Younity has other more important features that users may appreciate more than the ability of sharing content with friends, and that’s accessing all one’s files on any registered device. Younity is basically a personal cloud service that will let users access from any device on their accounts – including smartphones, tablets and PCs – files stored on any connected and powered on device that’s also on their accounts. That’s a very important detail: all devices must be turned on and linked to each other via an active Internet connection for the service to work.

The only thing that the company collects is metadata about the files stored on registered devices, so the users can later find the files they’re looking for. As for the P2P transfers between devices, these are are done over SSL, whether it’s the streaming of data or download of files in order to access them locally during offline periods.

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Lifehacker is a great site that covers all sorts of topics aimed at making our lives easier, not least of which is how to access files when we are on the go. However, file access means different things to different people. To some, it means they can access their Word docs, Excel spreadsheet and PDFs. To others, it means streaming that GoPro video stored on your home computer to your TV, or listening to an iTunes playlist in your car, or watching a movie on your iPad while you’re traveling. younity was designed around simple, easy access to all your content no matter what device it is stored on. Does your household have a few laptops and a desktop, with content spread across each? younity was built for you. No uploading, no storage limits, no magic folders. Just grab your phone or tablet and access any file within seconds. younity gives you one simple view to access everything you have no matter where it is stored – whether it be a computer or an online service like Dropbox. Most importantly, and uniquely, however, is that younity lets you browse all those media libraries – things like your iTunes playlists/genres/etc., your iPhoto or Lightroom photo albums, and your video libraries. These days, there are lots of products and services out there to consider, each has its own merit. We built younity to fill the gaps around those when it comes to media libraries, which are generally ignored in favor of file syncing. Of course, this is us talking about something we built, so you might take that with a grain of salt. Here is Lifehacker’s take on using younity to access files on your computer when you’re on the go.

younity is free. To learn more or download the desktop software and mobile app, head over to

Lifehacker + younity = awesome!

As posted originally on Lifehacker, written by Mihir Patkar.

iPhone/Windows/Mac: When you need to access a file that’s on your PC’s hard drive without being anywhere near it, you better hope you have Younity installed on it and on your iPhone. This nifty app scans folders on your computer and lets you access them on your iPhone, without needing cloud storage space.

Install and sign into Younity and point it to folders on your hard drive. It creates a list of all the files (including subfolders). Sign into Younity on your iPhone and it will show you this file list on your phone, which you can browse in a simple explorer. If you want to access any file, tap it and Younity will stream it to your phone. You can also choose to download or batch-download certain files. It’s simple and works flawlessly.

Younity also automatically sorts music, photo and video files. Plus, you can search for any file. There are also options to share a file with friends, although you will need to download the file to your iPhone for that.

The best part is that it doesn’t take any space on your iPhone to keep that huge file list, nor You can check how much space Younity is taking in the settings, along with an option to use or not use cellular data. Hit the link to try it out.

Streaming is all the rage these days, right? But how can you stream your own video, like all that GoPro video stored on your computer, to your iPhone or iPad? Don’t worry, younity has you covered when you want to find, stream or share that killer GoPro video – even when you are nowhere near the computer it is stored on.

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First, install younity on your home computer. It will scan your computer hard drive (including external hard drives if you tell it to) for all your files. Once it’s done (how long depends on how much content you have), install the younity mobile app on your phone and tablet. When you open the mobile app for the first time, it will download all the metadata about your files – this is peer-to-peer between your computer and your mobile device, we don’t store anything online. When all your metadata is downloaded (maybe 2-3 minutes), you can browse all your content from all your computer in one simply app. Best of all, younity figures out which of your video was shot with your GoPro and makes a convenient library of all that content for you to browse (this is helpful if your content gets spread across lots of different folders or computers).

Here are some quick tips:

— If you renamed your files, you can easily search them in the GoPro section or the main menu’s Search option.

— younity will grab the first frame and put it next to each file so you can recognize your videos more easily.

— If you have an Apple TV, you can stream your video to your mobile device, then push it to a TV via AirPlay.

— If you install younity on more than one computer, all the content is unified on your iPhone/iPad as if it were on one single computer.

— you can browse your GoPro video from the Videos section or by folders if you go to the Files section.

— Not only can you stream it to your device, you can share it with your friends privately if you want.

GoPro video takes up a lot of storage, so much so that I’d never put it on my iPhone or iPad, where I manage storage like it is a rare and precious commodity. The problem is made worse though when you consider that not only are GoPro files large, GoPro owners tend to have a lot of them. Often times though, I’m out with friends or family and I want to show them some of my video, so how can I get access to it when I’m on the go. While a small amount of my edited video makes it to YouTube or Vimeo, the vast majority of it stays on my computer. With younity, I can access all my GoPro video (or any other type of content) easily, securely and on-demand.

Not only does younity let you browse, stream and share your GoPro video, it does the same for all your music, photos, videos and movies. Check it out for free at