Being vary of technology or not trusting various cloud storage options doesn’t make you a conspiracy theorist but gives you an upper hand in preparing for the worst in case there is a breach in user’s privacy.
While storing your data, there is always an option of backing it up on an external hard drive, but on the downside, you will have to keep it close by to access any file at a given time.
Also, keeping all eggs in the basket is never a sensible decision because if your hard drive gets lost (hacked or malfunctioned), you will be in utter and undeniable pain unless you have the data stored on another drive as well.
Cloud storage is not just a new fad, but it’s transforming how we store and access data
Cloud storage companies often have redundant layers of backup to protect the user’s data.The odds are that you have used at least one of many cloud services including; Google Drive, Apple iCloud, DropBox, Microsoft OneDrive, as the luxury of tossing files into an online repository is quite convenient.
Want to share a new file or document? Throw it into the cloud. Want to get rid of some files that are taking some space on your system? Just, throw it into the cloud but what actually is the cloud?
When you are using a specific cloud service to upload your files, what you’re actually doing is uploading the same files onto a server or sometimes a group of servers.
The bigger disadvantage of using a public cloud service is safety and privacy of the data
First of all, you don’t have full access to the server that is storing your files. Secondly, someone you don’t know will have root/admin access to that server, and thirdly you cannot ensure that the server is running on open source and free software which can make it prone to hacking (this is hardly the case with many reputable sites).
In short, it doesn’t hurt to create your private cloud storage to ensure better privacy and security of your data. Here’s how you can accomplish this task on your own:
If you dread the idea of backing up your files in a traditional way, you can always opt to set up a Linux server.
Nowadays, you can get dedicated Linux server for a fraction of the cost, or you can run one yourself from the comfort of your home using an older personal computer, laptop or raspberry pi, etc. where you can copy your files using SCP or SFTP.
This system is a bit old school, but it will save you from the hassle of keeping a hard drive with yourself at all times. However, internet connectivity is a must thing every time you wish to access anything.
SpiderOak is fully administered by someone else, but the best thing about this service is that it will let the user achieve an increased level of privacy.
It is a US-based online backup and file hosting service where its users can access, synchronize and share data using a cloud-based server.
The service is a lot like many other cloud services present in the market, but one thing that distinguishes it from the competition is the privacy.
According to the company, SpiderOak uses encrypted cloud storage, and client-side encryption key meaning that only the users can access the information present on the cloud and employees have no access to any file or folder.
If you need any more proof, Edward Snowden, the famous whistleblower and former NSA contractor in an interview in July 2014 recommended SpiderOak over Dropbox revealing that the former provides better security against government surveillance.
ownCloud is free open source software that can help you create a cloud storage system on your own website or server.
One of the best things about ownCloud is that a person doesn’t require advanced technical knowledge to set it up and acquire Dropbox-like features.
The main feature of ownCloud is that it enables the user to sync their files and folders present on their desktop with the cloud and like Google Drive or DropBox, they can access them from anywhere and share them easily with others.
With ownCloud, the user will also get a music player that will be built into their cloud service. Moreover, they will also have a place to store their contact information, a task manager and an option to sync their calendar, bookmarks and photo gallery.
NextCloud is another open source and free software like OwnCloud that provides file hosting service to the users.
NextCloud is a fork of OwnCloud where the two provides similar service apart from one main difference, i.e., OwnCloud delivers some closed source components to the users whereas NextCloud is entirely an Open Source software.
Both OwnCloud and NextCloud are simple and easy to use where the users can sync their files, folders, and data to the cloud for the ease of accessing them from anywhere in the world.
If all else fails, try backing up important data on your encrypted hard drive and store it in a secret location hidden from the rest of the world (it is completely okay if you don’t want to go to such an extreme level unless you’re James Bond of course)