October 23, 2012, 8:00 am
June 21, 2012, 8:00 am
It’s no secret that many of us here at ProfHacker are fans of (and regular users of) cloud storage. We’ve written quite a bit about services such as Dropbox, Box.net, and Google Drive. Each of these services offers a reasonable amount of storage for free, with additional storage available for purchase.
Though some who have substantial storage needs choose to stick with one service and pay for additional storage, others have found that they can acquire sufficient storage space by splitting their files across services. It’s not a bad strategy, but it does have one downside: How on earth do you remember which files you’ve stored where?
Enter Otixo, a service I recently learned about thanks to a post at LifeHacker. Otixo lets you log into multiple cloud services from the same place, allowing you to view and manage all your files in one dashboard (including moving files from one service…
February 28, 2012, 8:00 am
At ProfHacker, we write a lot about backing up your files, because it’s one of the simplest things you can do to make some future day easier (and possibly prevent months or years of work from being lost). With cloud-based backup solutions, backups are easy to set up and automate. Six or seven years ago, whenever I heard a story about someone experiencing a hard drive crash, it was a tale of stress and woe. It seems telling to me that within the last month, I’ve spoken to two people who had hard drives fail but who were completely untroubled (except for the expense or time lost in replacing the drive), because they had automated cloud backups in place and knew that all of their files were safe.
I’ve been using SpiderOak as my primary cloud based backup solution for over a year and am very pleased with the level of security that they offer, as well as the many options built into their…
August 19, 2011, 8:00 am
As promised earlier this week, today I’ll introduce you to Amazon’s (other) new service, the Amazon Cloud Reader. The Cloud Reader was unveiled on August 10, and unlike Kindle.Amazon.com, this service is one that actually has gotten some stage time on the Amazon homepage. But stage time is about all it has gotten. By this, I mean that while Amazon features the Cloud Reader prominently on its homepage, you actually ge surprisingly little information about it until after you’ve installed it. After writing one post on a subterranean Kindle service, I’m not sure why I was surprised, but I was surprised nevertheless. Basically, if users click on the “Read Now” link, they are taken to an installation page, rather than an information page. Call me skeptical if you will, but I want to know what I’ll be installing before I make such a decision, but such was not an option (unless…
June 27, 2011, 11:00 am
The writers at ProfHacker have often recommended Dropbox as dead simple way to backup and share documents across multiple devices and users.
Recently, however, Dropbox has suffered from some privacy issues, most recently a programming bug that left every user’s Dropbox completely unlocked for a four hour period. Combine this security lapse with Dropbox’s default encryption system, which, as Dave Parry argues, makes it possible for your files to be accessed by a third party via a backdoor, and some of us ProfHackers have begun considering more secure alternatives to Dropbox.
At the head of the list is SpiderOak.
Like Dropbox, SpiderOak automatically backs up files to the cloud, and those files can be accessed from many other devices. Like Dropbox, SpiderOak works on multiple platforms—Windows, Mac, and Linux, as well as Android and iOS. Like Dropbox, SpiderOak offers a free…
May 2, 2011, 11:00 am
The thing is, whenever we write about one of these topics, someone in the comments always brings up the possible drawbacks of having your work–especially student-related work–in the cloud. So let this be our blanket statement advising you about using commercial cloud computing services.
Your data is not backed up unless it’s stored in at least two different places simultaneously. If all of your photos are stored in Flickr and nowhere else, if …