Last month, Edward Snowden, then working for the Booz Allen Hamilton consulting firm, released classified documents obtained from the National Security Agency (NSA) concerning the monitoring of both internet and cellphone traffic from all over the globe. The monitoring project was known as SIGAD (Signals Intelligence Activity Designator) US-984XN, otherwise known as Prism, and was initiated back in 2007 in order to correlate hundreds of millions of mobile phone numbers and Internet traffic with terrorist activities.
The general populace (those without top-secret code-word clearance) was unaware of the activity until Snowden leaked the documents, which created a stir among the masses. Some were more aghast at the situation and are asking why their privacy needed to be encroached upon. Others have looked to try and devise ways of keeping their information private, such as the people over at tech startup Cloud Guys Corporation, who have developed a device that may keep the prying eyes of the NSA out of your files.
For two years, Cloud Guys has been developing a device known simply as the "Plug," which allows users to store and transfer data from a host of devices without the need for cloud-based or third-party services. They placed their device on Kickstarter recently, and backers have flocked in droves to fund the Plug with an initial goal of $69,000. The goal has been surpassed by more than $380,000, as of this writing, with 52 days left to go.
According to the team, the device acts like a central brain for all of your storage devices (smartphones, tablets, PCs, etc.). It allows users to transfer files and folders to other devices without the need to copy, transfer, upload, download, and (in some cases) convert the content before it can be moved. All those files and folders are stored on a centralized hard drive where they can be accessed and copied to any device.
Users simply connect the Plug to their home Internet connection (Ethernet instead of wireless) and connect any drive to the device. Apparently, Plug converts the files so that they can be natively accessed, regardless of the memory type or size of the device you wish to transfer said files. They also state that the size of files will not be an issue as the Plug can be upgraded to any storage capacity needed. One of the more notable features of CGC's Plug is that all your files are secure and only you can access them. Users can even share their files through CGC's servers, which they state is far more difficult to hack than your computer (probably not that big of an issue for the NSA).
Those interested in getting their hands on one of CGC's Plugs only need $79 US. However, it is unclear when it will be available for the consumer market, but speculation is within the next six months.