Cloud storage is becoming popular day by day and the
importance of storing the files online is getting increased every day. The main
reason behind this is the flexibility that they offer. You can access the cloud
from anywhere in the world and from any device, be it computer or mobile. One
of its use is to keep an offsite backup of data. This feature is enough to
convince any enterprise to shift to the cloud. But, the major drawback of cloud
storage is that it is proprietary and is controlled by major corporations.
In turn, those
corporations control everything you backup on their cloud. For example, when
you upload anything on Google Photos, then Google identifies everyone and
everything around you. While some of us consider this as a good feature, some
may not like this.
Now, there are some options available where you can store your files without someone peeping into your privacy. This software is an open-source software. Now you all might be wondering that what Open Source means.
Open Source means that the source code is open to all. In
Open source software, anyone can access, check and modify the source code to
enhance it. In closed source or proprietary software, the source code is
handled only by the person or company who made it. New features are added or the fixing of the
issues is done by the programmers in open-source software. In proprietary
software, the maintenance of the software is done by the company itself.
Why does Dropbox /Google Drive need to be replaced?
Dropbox is a go-to software service for storing information.
Still, it’s not good for enterprises. There are certain drawbacks. You cannot
share a password-protected link on Dropbox. You will not be able to control who
can see your file. Dropbox has limited encryption, so if you upload
confidential files, your data might be at risk. Also, IT admin cannot access
the audit log. IT admin cannot see who has accessed our file. Nor the data can
be deleted remotely. So, if your device gets stolen, IT cannot wipe the Dropbox
Nowadays, there are many alternatives available to Dropbox like Nextcloud and Syncthing, etc. The current trend acknowledges us that Owncloud and Nextcloud are dominating the market. While Nextcloud is an independent spinoff of Owncloud, Owncloud was found to give Dropbox a tough time.
Nextcloud: An alternative to Dropbox
Nextcloud is the best alternative to proprietary software
like Dropbox, Google Drive. It was founded in 2016 by Frank Karlitschek
(founder of Owncloud) who forked Owncloud to start Nextcloud. Many original
Owncloud developers also helped Karlitschek to create Nextcloud. Most of the
features of Nextcloud are similar because of this reason. Even the interface is
not having much difference.
Nextcloud is an open-source, self-hosted storage system. You
can download it for free. The Nextcloud server software can be installed for
free on Linux, and the client software can be installed on computers running
Windows, OS X, or Linux. Mobile apps are available for Android and iOS.
You guys might be thinking that” Google and Dropbox are
already offering the free storage space”. But you all might not know that they
have certain limitations. They don’t offer free space after a certain limit.
And after certain usage, the customers have to pay for it. Neither the security
provided can be trusted. Google Drive and Dropbox aren’t as secure when compared
Features of Nextcloud
Nextcloud offers a full Google Docs capability and tools
like Outlook, SharePoint, Mozilla Thunderbird and most importantly, Collabora.
Nextcloud doesn’t only offer a storage container; it also provides many other features.
Nextcloud isn’t just simple client-server cloud software
where you can sign in and get your storage. It is indeed a suite which offers
various services based on Nextcloud Platform. Nextcloud files allow users to
sync documents between users and other members from mobile devices and
computers. And as it offers self-hosted solutions, it is up to you that how
much space you are allowing Nextcloud to access.
Nextcloud offers self-hosting services with the help of
which you can create your private server and customize according to it. With
its entry only, Nextcloud is leading in the market and is boasting of having a
developer team of more than 1000 persons.
Nextcloud server can share single files or whole folders
with the help of a link with or without the password. Also, the Nextcloud
server prevents single apps from sharing data on the cloud and also offers
other apps to share in a protected group of users.
Nextcloud Talk app allows you to make audio or video calls,
chat with other users and share your screen without installing any other app
(Of course, a browser app is required). The chats and calls which occur between
the users are having an end to end encryption. There isn’t any central
organization which is logging into everything you share and also they do not
have any embedded advertisements. You
will get instant notifications whenever someone wants to talk to you. The notification will also pop up when
someone comments on the file we have shared.
Nextcloud offers large file support and unlimited storage.
Nextcloud has its own app store having 120 listed apps in it. It also has audio
and video player in it. We can sync contacts and calendar with the Nextcloud
and also it offers weather report.
It offers security by two-factor authentication, brute force
protection, CSP and Rate Limiting. Brute Force Protection protects the
Nextcloud servers by preventing the various attempts to guess user password. Rate Limiting is used to limit the data any
user can access in a particular time. This will prevent the access of too much
data in a small-time, hardening of Bruteforce and expensive API calls. Content
Security Policy (CSP) is an added layer of security that helps to detect and
prevent certain types of attacks, like data injection, data theft, and malware