Your own cloud at home – user-friendly and secure  

Your own cloud at home – user-friendly and secure

Cloud services make it possible to use larger amounts of storage and access our data from anywhere at any time. In fact, this independence also holds dangers: For example, unauthorized persons who have access data or exploit security gaps could take advantage of this sensitive data.

In addition, even large cloud providers have to struggle with recurring hacker attacks. The aim of these attacks is to capture personal user data and other personal information in order to pass it on. A way out is promised by a local cloud of its own.

When users store their own data such as photos, contacts or calendar entries on the servers of other companies, they begin to question cloud services. And not without reason: while the strictest data protection laws apply in Germany, US companies, for example, can evade them. This makes it difficult for users to understand who can access their data and where it is stored. Technical superiority at the expense of data protection and user friendliness? Unthinkable for many consumers.

Building the private cloud – for the sake of data protection

If you opt for a private cloud, however, you will not only benefit from a backup solution or mass storage. Rather, it offers features such as calendar and contact sharing as well as photo, music and video sharing.

In principle, a private cloud is a mix of hardware and software that makes it possible to use cloud services. A user-friendly solution is network attached storage (NAS). This is a storage device that provides hard disk storage in the network via shares. In this way, data can be stored centrally in the own network, so that every (defined) authorized person has access to all files. Backups are made either via external drives, another hard disk or via the cloud.

Many vendors provide free cloud functionality to users of their own NAS in addition to storage services. For example, Synology has implemented Cloud Station in its DiskStation Manager. Here, data is encrypted between the stationary or mobile device and the NAS via SSL using a local service on the device.

The advantages of a private cloud are obvious: As with other cloud variants, users can access the respective cloud services at any time and with various devices such as PCs, notebooks, smartphones or tablets. In this way, documents can be edited together, personal music collections streamed, appointments made, address data or videos shared. This makes external data media obsolete. And yet the operator of a NAS retains control over his data.

Synology DiskStation – the ideal NAS for home use

If you don’t want to entrust your data to a third-party provider and want to opt for a NAS instead, you can use DiskStation Manager (DSM) as cloud storage, for example. Predestined for beginners, the compact and energy-efficient 1-Bay NAS DS119j shines with versatile software functions, an intuitive user interface and a good price-performance ratio. Synology’s NAS is tailored for home environments and also serves as a home multimedia server. The DS119j runs on the intuitive operating system for Synology NAS devices, DiskStation Manager (DSM). It is responsible for operating and managing storage services.

Access to DiskStation Manager is via the web browser and requires entering the IP of the NAS. The assigned IP is dynamically assigned for private customers and changed with each connection. However, via Synology QuickConnect in the DSM, your own NAS can be permanently accessed from outside via a QuickConnect ID. All you need to do is set up a Synology account and enter the serial number of the NAS.

In addition to the pure server services for providing data in the network, the DSM also offers other possible applications, such as data backup and recovery, sync services for various platforms such as Android and IoS, and acts as a media server, thus providing multimedia features. It also serves as an interface for software solutions such as content management systems, calendars and databases. Photos, videos, appointments or contacts can be easily transferred and shared to mobile devices.

The Synology DiskStation DS119 was recently recognized by Stiftung Warentest as one of the best network storage devices.

 

 

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