Dropbox and iCloud past – Safer storage in the private cloud




The cloud or ‘internet cloud’ is, if we are to believe the Internet giants the ideal place to store files. Through services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud and OneDrive always you can and as promised. Each device in your data, Time after time, the “free” storage space is increased in an attempt to snare new customers and especially to hold.

The greatly increased use of cloud storage is easy to explain. There are desktop tools and mobile apps developed that make it very easy to create a document or file to store on the servers of Google, Microsoft, Apple or any other party. Also, synchronizing files in the past, a sport that was practiced mainly by rsync adepts thanks services like Dropbox has become easy. Google even goes a step further. With the release of Chrome OS and selling cheap laptops with limited storage space, the user is also more or less hardware led to the alleged joys of cloud storage.

Private cloud

Despite the ease of central cloud storage and lower and lower prices for additional storage, there is also a growing group of Internet users who do not see anything in ‘relinquishing’ the data. The NSA revelations of Edward Snowden play an important role. Data that is stored directly on American servers is, at least in theory, freely accessible to intelligence from that country. Besides curious secret service is going on anymore. The security of cloud data in the full width at stake, as numerous American movie stars have encountered strangers after compromising footage had captured Apple’s iCloud service.

A reaction is therefore quickly born. Numerous developers come up with new software to make. Decentralized cloud storage possible In other words, stay in control of your own data. In addition to the concerns outlined around commercial cloud storage services the growing popularity of NAS systems also play an important role; the decentralized storage of data can be performed inexpensively.

Tweakers view in this article, some background cloud alternatives, in particular BitTorrent Sync from the same company and ownCloud, an open source client-server package. While BitTorrent Sync is primarily aimed at synchronizing data across devices, ownCloud offers additional features, such as a contact list, document collaboration and optional data sharing with others. We also examine briefly some other interesting “Dropbox alternatives.


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