On Tuesday I had a great interview with David Croisant about how we can take back control over our information and privacy by having our own private cloud.
As you know, when you store your data on “the cloud”, that simply means that you are storing your data on a random company’s server. Many times, the terms of service that you sign by agreeing to use that service actually turns the ownership of that data over to that company, which means that they can do whatever they like with it.
Do you trust Google, Microsoft, Apple or some other company with all of your information? These companies have proven over and over again that they should not be trusted.
But there is a solution: create your own private “cloud” by having your own private server. This server can connect to your different computers and devices, but YOU keep total control of your data. There are many different things you can do with your own server, and David gives us a tour of how simple it is and how powerful it is.
I know you will really love this. Please enjoy the video.
* As a quick note to people who attended live, there was a confusing part of the interview in which we went down a rabbit hole regarding routers. I have cut this part out of the replay out (see a longer explanation below).
The company that David works for is Start9. Use the coupon code: PAP to get a 9% discount off of your purchase.
Also, if you have questions, please ask them below and I will ask David to respond to them here.
Now, I want to explain the router issue for people who attended the live presentation. Here is the quick explanation…
When we sign up for internet service from our internet service provider (ISP), the ISP then provides us with a router, which also acts as a firewall between the internet and our home network. Obviously, the router that the ISP provides is not the best quality and we are trusting the ISP to do things properly. Having our own router/firewall is better, but the open source ones are typically fairly complicated for average people to use.
The router is a completely separate issue from having a private server. When you set up a private server, your communications between your computer and your server are completely encrypted.
Yes, the router is an important consideration, but I will continue to do more research on finding a trusted, open source router that is easy enough for the average person to use.