How Tech Are You?
Written by Poindexter on February 28, 2016
We live in a time where we want information at the pace of a fast food restaurant. Data is required two minutes ago and the resolutions to our issues is expected yesterday. To top it off, we want it all to be highly secure. Easy right? Well sort of! Currently Apple and the Feds are at war, the Feds are requesting backdoor access to our smartphones/tablets. They want to be able to access information on devices if need be in the case they suspect individual are involved in terrorist activities. This opens up a whole can of worms. Ask yourself “How tech are you!” Do you use Apple’s Photo Stream or iCloud, Google Drive, DropBox, Box etc..to back up your pictures, documents, music? I’m guilty of it and more and more I think about it I don’t want people having access to my personal things. Now I also don’t want to sacrifice having the information at my fingertips. At the beginning of 2016 I began down a path to remove myself from under the thumbs of these very popular cloud servers/drives. I bought my own 3TB cloud, Western Digital’s My Cloud. It’s a private cloud storage or NAS, it synchs across all of my devices, does automatic backups for all of my computers and supports media streaming. When I now take pics on my wireless devices it automatically backs up. I can access it from across the world and it sits right in my humble abode. Western Digital offers the device in 2,3,4 and 6TB and supports both Windows and Mac right out the box. If you need more space you can always connect an additional external hard drive. I can setup individual accounts for my family and make them private if requested. It’s nice to be able to send a link to friends to share media, data securely. It felt good to turn off my Apple Photo Stream. Haven’t we learned enough from Gab Union, Kim K, Rhianna, Jennifer Lawrence, Hope Solo, Ariana Grande and the list can go on.
In my mind this just allows me to have even more control over my digital property. If you feel the need to connect your cloud services i.e Dropbox, Google drive etc to the MyCloud you most certainly can, it will automatically run a instant backup. Plus a bonus for me is that you can install programs directly to the hard drive and run it instead of to your laptop or desktop, I haven’t yet because there could a chance of latency. Well I don’t want to get to deep and I’m going to finish up by saying I purchased the MyCloud from Best Buy and used my Amazon account to have them price match it for a $135.00. I’ll give this item 4 bow ties, for more information check out