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To prevent the cloud from controlling you, why not create your own?

More and more companies and people are using the cloud to store their data and keep them secure. But what does a third party safe keeping your most valuable information involve? Is there an alternative to the cloud offered by the major companies?

Right now someone may be using a service in the cloud and he or she hasn’t even noticed. Uploading a photograph you’ve enjoyed breakfast with, listening to music while you’re at the gym or watching a film via streaming are actions which, although they may seem harmless, mean the cloud has control over you.

We depend on it nowadays to do almost any activity. Your mobile phone’s photo reel houses all the images in the cloud to optimize its memory, your emails are stored on servers outside the device for better indexing and even your favourite applications perform all their processing in the cloud with your information so as not to consume any memory. We’re all held hostage to the cloud without being aware of it.

It’s true to say that more and more information is being generated and stored and the help of the major companies is required to meet our storage needs. But we have to be able to distinguish between what is vital information and what isn’t. Without our personal authorization it may be publicly disclosed or, in more extreme cases, we may even lose it.

The cloud is simply a metaphor for a drawing. A drawing made on a flow diagram that represents an entity (in the form of a cloud) that provides one or several services to its users. That simple? Yes. Don’t imagine it as a complex local system but rather as a network of servers connected to one other, spread over different continents and easily accessible from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. If you have a mobile with 4G, congratulations! You’re just one step away from placing your information at the service of third parties.

The data revolution

The cloud has led to, and is leading to, a radical change for companies (although that’s not the purpose of this post) and for users when it comes to making the most of the resources it provides. Not only because of its benefits, but also due to the ease of the service. It’s true, it cannot be denied: it provides services it’s hard to refuse.

It varies from provider to provider, but most of them regularly update it with the fastest and most efficient cutting-edge hardware. They supervise and inspect it to ensure there are no surprise outages. They offer a set of security guidelines and measures that “guarantee” the privacy of your data and access. They even make a backup copy on their servers to prevent any kind of loss. Even so, we should be critical when it comes to “feeding” the cloud and deciding on the conditions of use and proper processing of the information, as the user may sometimes feel controlled by it.

A good solution to prevent the privacy scandals that some companies have recently suffered and to feel more secure is to create a personal cloud. You can thus access it remotely without depending on the companies that provide these services or on what is stored on your hard drive. The person who creates this will become the owner of their data with total and absolute independence.

How is a personal cloud created?

The process of creating a personal cloud is very simple and affordable. There are many alternatives on the market, but the easiest way is to buy a network hard drive, connect it to your home router and leave it on for twenty-four hours a day. You must make a small investment at the outset but, in the long run, you’ll save on the services of a cloud platform.

Creating a personal cloud definitely brings numerous benefits: a lower price in the mid-long term, greater initial storage capacity and no added costs, greater freedom when it comes to configuring and having greater protection of your data, depending on how you configure the NAS or your server.

Perhaps the only drawback of setting up a personal cloud is the initial configuration, as a poor configuration could jeopardize the integrity of the stored data. But relax. Once you’ve done that properly, you’ll be able to see and enjoy all the benefits you have within a short space of time.

If you analyse the pros and cons, it’s a highly recommended solution, because it will provide that feeling of security and privacy that’s been taken from us.