So writes Wired magazine’s Richard Baguley.
Wired, “looking at some of the cheapest and most expensive products in a given category, testing each to see what their limits are and to help you figure out when you can cheap it out, and when to plunk down some extra cash to get what you need” evaluated Dropbox versus ownCloud. Apparently, Wired thinks ownCloud is the choice of poets:
“So which would William Wordsworth use? Given his thoughts from the poem London, 1802 (decrying the state of England and lamenting the death of Milton, he wrote “O raise us up, return to us again/And give us manners, virtue, freedom, power!”), I think he might have preferred ownCloud as the place to store his poems while he was walking around Grasmere, pondering the sorry state of mankind.”
How cool is that?
I think what we particularly liked about the piece, is actually a sort of throwaway line:
“We found the official clients for both services to be easy to use…”
While ownCloud Enterprise is made for organizations who need to more tightly control their sensitive data, all of the controls in the world are useless if they are difficult to use – because employees will keep right on ...
Consumer sync and share solutions have, for the most part, made our lives easier by giving us access to our files from any device, at any time, from any location. If you have a smartphone, chances are you have Dropbox or something like it at your fingertips right now. Based on this reality, one could say the consumer file sync and share problem has been solved.
Interestingly, this same problem has not yet been solved in the Enterprise.
Apparently we’re not the only ones who think so. Have you read Josh Topal’s article 6 Reasons Why Dropbox Isn’t Secure Enough for Business?
“According to Osterman Research, Dropbox has found its way into 70% of companies. And this is a problem. Because, when it comes to business, Dropbox’s consumer roots show through. It’s not right for business. In fact, Dropbox ended up on Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s list of top banned apps because there are many file management use-cases for which Dropbox will actually leave you vulnerable.”
He writes that the six reasons are:
IT has no control or visibility
Users can’t set granular permissions,
Data encryption is limited,
You can’t set different sharing permissions for sub-folders
You can’t share password-protected web links
You can’t lock files for collaborative editing
This could ...
That's right -- ownCloud is having a meetup in our Lexington, Ma headquarters on March 19th.
We'll start with a meet and greet at 6:30 then I will join Matt to talk about how easy it is to build an ownCloud app.
Come join us.
As many of you know, one of ownCloud 6 Community Edition’s new features was the Sharing API. Now, with the sharing API in place, the new updated ownCloud mobile apps allow you to Share by Link directly from mobile clients.
Whether your friends and colleagues are ownCloud users or not, now you can share any document or folder with them using the ownCloud mobile apps. Just click on the “Share Link” option (included on the swipe menu and as well as the long press menu) and select how you want to share the link. Several options are offered from sending the link by email to copy the link or even post it on social networks.
And, it is not only possible to share a link but also to unshare it. If for any reason you want to stop sharing any data, click on the “Unshare Link” option and the link will expire just as easy as on the web interface.
The only requirement for you to start sharing your files and folders with a link is to update your server version. The Sharing API is included in ownCloud 5.0.13 and greater versions.
Of course, more options are coming related to Share, so that ...
That’s why today we announced we are releasing our mobile libraries under the MIT license. We are always talking about how extensible ownCloud is – how easy it is to extend ownCloud to do what you need to do with it, well, opening up these libraries is a great example. So check out the press release and you can also see what Frank says about it.
The libraries can be downloaded here:
The documentation can be found here:
For any developer related questions please post to the new ownCloud developer list: http://mailman.owncloud.org/mailman/listinfo/devel
Now, easier than ever to build, test and run Android and iOS apps that incorporate file storage and share
Lexington, MA – February 20, 2014 – ownCloud, Inc., the company behind the only fully self-hosted enterprise-ready file sync and share, today released its mobile libraries under the MIT open source license, giving developers an even easier way to design, build, test and run apps on and for ownCloud.
Mobile libraries give developers a set of repeatable, modular methods, such as “authenticate user,” “share file” and “access folder,” that developers can use in mobile apps they are developing. These libraries save time, and enable the developers to focus on the hard part of their app – the business logic – while leaving the common file-management functions within ownCloud to these mobile libraries.
The ownCloud iOS and Android mobile libraries enable developers to communicate with any ownCloud server and, depending on what is installed and enabled on the ownCloud server, adapt to that environment. Among the features included in the libraries are user authentication, upload and download of files, delete, rename and move files and folders and share files or folders by link -- among others. Following the MIT license, this library may be added ...
This is a little dated but I thought it was interesting none-the-less. In December, we announced a terrific deal with TERENA, the Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association. Essentially, TERENA endorsed ownCloud to its community -- securing favored pricing for its 41 national members and their constituencies, encompassing more than 50 million potential users. Pretty cool huh?
Well, those members have been coming to ownCloud to take advantage. As part of the announcement we highlighted SWITCH. As a partner of Swiss universities, SWITCH brought the Internet to Switzerland more than 25 years ago. Today, the non-profit organization with 100 employees at its headquarters in Zurich develops Internet services for lecturers, researchers, students, as well as for commercial customers. SWITCH stands for security and stability of the Swiss Internet.
We recently found that SWITCH wrote up the issue in their Journal (Page 28/29). Author Patrik Schnellmann lays out the threat of consumer-grade cloud file sync and share for universities – and enterprises in general.
“Simply admonishing and educating users about privacy and legal concerns does not help to improve the situation. Providing a safe and secure alternative to synchronize and share files is the smarter way. With this ...
Take a look at this new white paper Osterman Research has published on “Developing an Information Governance Strategy”. The paper discusses the challenges of information governance and gives suggestions about what practices organizations can improve upon when it comes to their information governance. The paper also talks about ownCloud and our solutions.
According to Osterman, “Successful information governance programs combine records management, archiving, eDiscovery processes, technology-based auto-classification, and other capabilities to help organizations reduce legal and business risk, and to drive business value. When information is actively managed making it easier to find, use, manage, and dispose of, the organization profits greatly.”
It’s worth a read.
Great Smart Company piece on BYO cloud this week. Reporter David Hancocks’s article -- “Is BYO cloud a threat to your business?” explores the risks businesses take allowing employees to use consumer-grade file sync and share.
How many employees upload these important files to their private clouds with the best intentions of upping productivity while they are away from their work desks? While their actions may be good for their productivity, they may be unintentionally putting their business’s important business files into the wrong hands.
“Free consumer-grade cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft's SkyDrive (now OneDrive) and Apple's iCloud… are specifically designed to bypass firewalls and other restrictions, to make it easy to access your data from anywhere,” Hancocks says. “One of the easiest ways for hackers to target sensitive business data is through employees who are lax regarding their personal online security. Industrial espionage doesn't just happen in the movies – what would it mean for your business if these files fell into the hands of your biggest competitor?” So how careful are your employees when it comes to their online security? Now you have to wonder if perhaps these important documents might end up in the hands of ...
In the wake of National Privacy Day this week, I was assaulted by a couple stories – both out of the UK. First, news that the NSA and GCHQ were targeting “leaky” phone apps – a la Angry Birds – to collect user data.
Reports the Guardian:
“The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of "leaky" smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users' private information across the internet, according to top secret documents.
“The data pouring onto communication networks from the new generation of iPhone and Android apps ranges from phone model and screen size to personal details such as age, gender and location. Some apps, the documents state, can share users' most sensitive information such as sexual orientation – and one app recorded in the material even sends specific sexual preferences such as whether or not the user may be a swinger.”
As a power smartphone and app user I’m appalled at this latest transgression of my privacy, and to what end?
The other piece – this time from the BBC, covers allegations from Edward Snowden that the NSA also engaged in ...