Plug is a cloud storage manager that lets the user control the data completely. Banking off of the latest PRISM spying news, the team made sure to point out that the data is not accessible by the government. (Source: Kickstarter & Cloud Guys)
Cabe- I don't get it ,,,, how is this device any different in use & application than simply placing a separate hard-drive on your network-? There must be a gigantic difference I don't see, considering kick-starter has raised literally hundreds of thousands! What Am I missing-?
The primary security advantage of this system is that your files are stored on your own current drives, rather than on a cloud server. It's convenient that you can then share them with your other devices through a VPN (virtual private network), and they provide an app for your mobile devices to accomodate this, which you couldn't otherwise do. This would, for example, give your iPhone access to more music and pictures than you could actually store on the phone itself, assuming your phone has internet access. This is a very attractive feature for the plugged-in, data-heavy Facebook generation.
The security angle is just driven by the news cycle - your files are not on a cloud server where they could be hacked/subpoenaed without your knowledge. If you believe that file transfer over the internet via VPN is a barrier to the big bad NSA, I won't burst your bubble.
A little background: Many online services we now use store data about us, or for us, in "the cloud" which means on someone else's server, not on your own PC or various storage devices immediately attached to it. For instance, if you use webmail from an ISP, that's the cloud. Lots of Apple users store their files of various kinds on Apple's iCloud. Amazon's music download service insists you store your music files on their server; that's the cloud (and the reason I don't use that service).
I, for one, want one of these, even though I don't have a lot of files online.
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