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7 ways to supercharge your personal cloud storage

JR Raphael | Feb. 23, 2016
Make the most of your virtual storage with these seven tips and tools for cloud power users.

7. Create your own private cloud storage service

Our last tip isn't for the faint of heart, but if you're reasonably tech-savvy and have extra storage space with a Web hosting service, it could be exactly right for you.

It's worth emphasizing: If you aren't sure if you have storage space at a Web hosting service and/or aren't comfortable with uploading files to a remote server, you probably shouldn't try to mess around with this.

Still with me? Good. Go to OwnCloud. In short, it's a free and open source set of software for turning your online server space into a Dropbox-like repository for personal files.

"But fella, I can already upload whatever I want to my online server space," you might be thinking. Yes, you can (and that's Fella with a capital "F," pal). What OwnCloud does is give you a simple interface for easily managing your files and syncing them to various devices -- you know, like Dropbox, except on your private server space. It even has features like a gallery UI for viewing photos, a link-based system for file sharing (with or without password protection), and optional encryption of your data for added security.

In addition to being able to access your OwnCloud setup on the Web, you can get to it via native apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux on the desktop and Android, iOS, and BlackBerry (BlackBerry!) on mobile.

It may be the cloud, compadres, but the power can still be in your hands.


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