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NextCloud – What’s your privacy worth?

Get control of your data with NextCloud hosting by Velocity Host

Cloud services are often a target for hackers, which means that your data could be at risk of falling into the wrong hands. Dropbox was hacked in 2016 where data for over 68 million user accounts were stolen and put up for sale on the dark web. It’s not just DropBox… Google has also fallen victim to password security breaches. Nearly 5 million Gmail accounts were hacked when their database was dumped on a Russian security forum. To make matters worse, Google Drive uses the same account to login to Gmail, this meant that both platforms were compromised as a result. As for Microsoft, it is the number one targeted platform for hackers and cybercriminals and has been hacked several times. The most recent was in January 2019 where 773 million emails and tens of millions of passwords from a variety of domains were leaked.

Taking Back the NextCloud

It’s not just the hackers that you need to be worried about, if your data is being stored on a major platform, then it’s most likely not private. Google collects information to provide “better services” to its users. The information gathered is shared with third parties who tailor their marketing content to provide you with advertisements based on what you have stored on your Google Drive (lucky you!). Microsoft also reserves the right to monitor and scan your files for ‘objectionable content’ within OneDrive, which could lead to deletion of the data and your account. 

If you are looking to take control of your data to ensure you have a more secure and customizable solution look no further than NextCloud virtual drive by Velocity Host. NextCloud safeguards your data by eliminating the use of a third-party cloud hosting service allowing you to take back the cloud. 

What is NextCloud?

NextCloud is an open-source alternative to the major cloud platforms, it allows you to back up and store files in the cloud anywhere you want. NextCloud looks and feels like Google Drive, but with a much higher level of customization. It boasts the widest range of add-on capabilities and integrations with other business applications such as Outlook and SharePoint (to name a few). In addition to cloud storage, there is also NextCloud Talk which is a chat and a web collaboration tool, and NextCloud Groupware which offers web mail, calendaring and contacts.

The open architecture enables users to have full control over their data and allows adding functionality to the server using applications. NextCloud has the best cross-platform compatibility, with applications for Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android and iOS. NextCloud can scale anywhere from one to thousands of users that need to back up and share files.

It’s your data – access it how you want, from anywhere you want

Sharing files through NextCloud is extremely easy. You can share files and folders with nominated users across Nextcloud accounts. When sharing data externally, NextCloud provides you with a set of security controls that give you the ability to set an expiry date for the link or require a password to open the sent file.

Nextcloud makes collaboration a safe and simple process through the use of Collabora Online, which is a powerful LibreOffice-based online office suite with joint editing capabilities. If you missed our previous article on the LibreOffice Suite as an alternative to Microsoft Office 365 you can check it out on the following post “Why office 365 isn’t for everyone”.

Stay secure

When it comes to security, NextCloud ensures that strict processes are enforced, thereby guaranteeing the highest integrity of their solution. The self-hosting nature of NextCloud makes it one of the most secure cloud storage solutions on the market. NextCloud provides full security architecture reviews and audits to ensure that everything is configured as securely as possible. The security team at NextCloud also perform regular static code scans and audits of the full code base. 

If you are after ultimate security and privacy NextCloud has you covered, by offering a range of encryption options. Nextcloud Server Side Encryption encrypts your files with a unique key before it is stored, which protects your data on external storage devices. 

To provide an extra layer of security, Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) is available and can be enforced for all users or specific groups. By implementing the need to authenticate your identity it makes it harder for an attacker to access your data.  

NextCloud Hosting by Velocity Host

With NextCloud hosting by Velocity Host we provide a streamlined, managed, secure, private file sharing service in competition to the others that is 100% dedicated to your company. If you are interested in learning how quick and simple it is to setup NextCloud for your business, you can speak with one of our experts today.

So, how does it compare to the major players?

FeatureNextCloudOneDriveGoogle DriveDropbox
Open SourceYesNoNoNo
Large File SupportYes10GBYes20GB
Self-Hosted/On PremisesYesNoNoNo
Desktop ClientsWindows/Mac/LinuxWindows/MacWindows/MacWindows/Mac
Mobile ClientsiOS/AndroidiOS/AndroidiOS/AndroidiOS/Android
Server-Side EncryptionYesYesYesNo
Client-Side EncryptionYesNoNoNo
Video VerificationYesNoNoNo
Brute Force Hacking ProtectionYesYesYesYes
File Access ControlYesNoNoNo

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