These days, there are so many options to save your important documents or memorable photos to a cloud. Some popular services include Dropbox, iCloud, and Google Drive. Cloud computing allows you to access any of your personal files and photos from anywhere in the world. Couldn’t be more easy — But where exactly are these important, private mementos going?
Although cloud computing is super convenient, is it really safe?
I mean, who knows exactly where these files are saved or who can view them? What happens to your info if something goes wrong with the cloud?
There are so many questions to think about, but there is a solution! Create your OWN personal cloud!
Ever heard of a NAS? No, not the rapper…and no, not the National Academy of Science… But a NAS, Network-Attached-Storage.
Network Attached Storage connects to your existing home internet connection and allows you to save documents, photos, music, and practically anything to you own personal storage. You can create your own username and password, allow certain users to access it, and can even access your files away from home. Many NAS solutions offer mobile apps to access your files on-the-go. NAS systems also allow you to create a real-time backup solution for all your computers, so there’s no need to do that monthly backup you regularly forget to do. The NAS takes care of it. If the hard drive on your laptop fails, there is no need to worry. Your files are backed up on your NAS.
A NAS can be purchased online or from any office supply or electronics store. They can run from $180-$300 depending on storage size. Office Depot has the Buffalo LinkStation Live LS-XL 2 TB Network Hard Drive and Amazon has the Western Digital My Cloud 4TB Personal Cloud Storage for $219. Great prices for peace of mind.