Cloud storage solutions

Cloud storage solutions where to store and what to use

This is a short guide on what to use in order to have your data backups stored on the securely. There are many tools around to do the job but the question is can you trust your sensitive data with anyone ? Well for me the answer is always -TNO- trust no one! here is the list of recommended methods and tools.
 
 

List of tools:

  • PC or external disks massive backups remotely to the cloud on multiple platforms go for Crash plan (Commercial + encrypted File transmission AES-256-bit File Encryption Blowfish 448-bit ). Or if you are satisified with AES-256-bit file transmission and storage go for Jungle Disk which gives you the ability to store into your custom S3 account.
  • PC small backups synchronized remotely to the cloud on multiple platforms go for Tresorit (5 GB free + encrypted) or Spideroak (2 GB free + encrypted) or for Web based solution with 50 GB free storage go for Mega.
  • Enterprise secure backups based on open source and synchronized remotely to the cloud on multiple platforms go for Pydio or Dropbox (2 GB free + not encrypted) or UbuntuOne (5 GB free + not encrypted).
  • From hard drive or any storage media to another on a local pc go for Mutli Commander (free).
  • PC to PC remotely sync folders between machines using go for Bittorrent Sync (free + encrypted). Or for advance users you can use Syncthing (Open source + encrypted).
  • To build Hamachi-style private networks using go for Freelan (Open source + encrypted).
  • To have your own cloud that provides a web interface for accessing files from any computer, including mobile phone go for Owncloud (Open source + encrypted). You can setup this along with Bittorrent Sync and Raspberrypi see this blog on how to do it.
  • Another personal cloud system go for Cozycloud (Open source + encrypted).
  • For personal private cloud hardware go for Transporter (Commercial + encrypted).
  • Instantly turn any server into a file sharing platform go for AjaXplorer (Opensource + encrypted).
  • Distributes your data across multiple servers go for Tahoe-lafs (Open source + encrypted).
  • Blocked Chain Peer-to-peer distributed technology storage solution go for Storj (Open source + encrypted).
  • To secure files on Dropbox or local desktop using a PC go for Veracrypt (Open source), or AxCrypt, or PGP (Commercial) for public key based protection. A free alternative of is GPG4Win or GoAnywhere. For Iphone and IPAD use Opengp.
  • To manage your S3 storage account with GUI go for CloudBerry or S3browser or Dragon Disk.
  • For AES-256 based encryption with auto sync between folders PC to PC or PC to Cloud (Dropbox or Googledrive) then go for CryptSync (Opensource + encrypted). or BoxCryptor. Or else to encrypt a file locally on your computer and upload it to Dropbox or GoogleDrive go for Instantcryptor.
  • If you would like to upload files securely to your own server then go for the Tor-based, secure, encrypted, anonymous dead-drop facility called StrongBox which is based on DeadDrop.
  • To wipe your data (secure delete selective files) go for Bcwipe (Commercial). A free alternative of it is Eraser.
  • To wipe your data (secure delete entire harddisk) go for Dban (Free). A commercial alternative of it is Blancco wiper.
  • For secure and encrypted internet connection go for Stealth Walker.

 


 

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Conclusion:

For cloud backup I personally use the Amazon RRS S3 then move it to S3 Glacier Amazon account along with CloudBerry with client based encryption because I want more control over a reliable service. Please visit this post to see how I fully backup Linux service to Amazon S3 service.

Latest update I have moved from Amazon services to Google Cloud and I am so happy with it. You can manage it with CloudBerry Backup tool.

You can visit this Wikipedia page for full comparison of online backup services.

That’s all you need to know on how to store your backups securely. To know more about encryption please read this document.
 


 

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Warith Al Maawali
W. AL Maawali is the Founder and Chief Editor of Eagle Eye Digital Solutions from the Sultanate of Oman with over 20 years experience in Security and Digital Forensics. He is also the Founder of om77.net.
Cloud computing is is typically defined as a type of computing that relies on sharing computing resources rather than having local servers or personal devices to handle applications.
Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) is an online file storage web service offered by Amazon Web Services. Amazon S3 provides storage through web services interfaces (REST, SOAP, and BitTorrent).
Encryption is the most effective way to achieve data security. To read an encrypted file, you must have access to a secret key or password that enables you to decrypt it. Unencrypted data is called plain text ; encrypted data is referred to as cipher text.
Peer-to-peer (P2P) is a decentralized communications model in which each party has the same capabilities and either party can initiate a communication session.
VPN is a network that is constructed by using public wires — usually the Internet — to connect to a private network, such as a company’s internal network. There are a number of systems that enable you to create networks using the Internet as the medium for transporting data.
Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) is a data encryption and decryption computer program that provides cryptographic privacy and authentication for data communication.
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