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Old 10-06-2018, 08:06 AM   #1
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SAFE cloud or data syncing solution between Android, Windows and Linux?


Hi all,

NOTE: If you want to skip to the TL;DR version, just go to the last paragrah .

Before explaining my "problem" I'd like to make some things clear to avoid the "this is a Windows question, better find a Windows forum instead" type of replies. Although I am interested in computers, Linux and technology in general, my job has nothing (or little) to do with IT--I work as a translator and, since I need to use Windows software required by my job, I’ve been using Windows 90% of the time during the last 3 years. If the translation tools I use for my job were available on Linux, I’d probably use Linux instead. I’m asking this question here because: 1) this is more a general question about safe cloud services and data-syncing software, 2) this is the “General” forum, and 3) this is the IT-related forum I’ve been using mostly during a long time (and the only one I’ve used lately) and it’s the online IT community I trust more and I feel more comfortable being part of.

Now the “problem”. I’ve always been cautious about cloud services in general for privacy and security issues. However, sometimes I’ve had to send work-related files that were saved on my laptop while I was out of home, and since I wasn’t using any cloud service, this involved coming home just to send the files. Besides, sometimes I have accidentally deleted pictures from my smartphone that I had not saved in my laptop already. Also, there is always the possibility of losing my smartphone or getting it suddenly broken for some reason and losing all the data saved there as a result (something that happens to people quite often).

So, in short, I clearly need a cloud service or some type of data-syncing solution between my laptop and my smartphone, but I need it to be safe. I need it to be available mainly between Android and Windows, since it’s what I use mostly, but if it was available on Linux, it would be a plus as well (in any case, my data partition is accessible to both OSs, so if a particular cloud service/data syncing solution is not available on Linux, it wouldn’t be a big deal). What worries me about storing my data in the cloud is that an external company/service provider would have access to part of my data (as I think it generally happens with cloud services) and, in case of a security breach, someone else could have access to this data (which would probably be worse).

In case I decided to simply try an automatic syncing software that I can use while my two devices are on and connected through my house Wi-Fi (which happens a big part of the day, because I work from home), which software would you recommend? I would need it to sync my files automatically while my devices are on my Wi-Fi (requiring an initial setup and mainly no more action from my side), and I would need it to allow me to share specific directories from my laptop and all the data from my smartphone (or at least the pictures directory). This way, I could have my work files available on my smartphone at any moment I need to access them, and the pictures on my smartphone would automatically be saved in my laptop as soon as both devices are automatically synced through my Wi-Fi network. The only downside I see with file syncing (without a cloud service) is that I would need to change every one or two months the directory on my laptop that contains the work-related files I need to have access to, in order to avoid filling up my smartphone’s storage space. In any case, this wouldn’t be a big problem, since it would only require taking a few steps every month or every two months.

Any ideas?

Thanks for your input, suggestions and advice!

Last edited by Hungry ghost; 10-06-2018 at 01:39 PM.
 
Old 10-06-2018, 08:38 AM   #2
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I'm using Nextcloud for this (you can even run it on a Pi).
https://nextcloud.com/
 
Old 10-06-2018, 01:38 PM   #3
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I'm using Nextcloud for this (you can even run it on a Pi).
https://nextcloud.com/
Thanks jens, it looks like an interesting solution. The webpage says it works with NAS devices. I guess it can work with an SSD hard drive connected to my router, then? In this case, does having an SSD HD permanently on (connected to the router) damage it?
 
Old 10-06-2018, 02:03 PM   #4
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does having an SSD HD permanently on (connected to the router) damage it?
No. I'm currently using it with on an rpi3b+ and a Samsung 2TB SSD that wasn't even supported.
You might want to set the apropriate fs trimming (depending on what your using) ... though that never caused an issue for me.
 
Old 10-06-2018, 02:21 PM   #5
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No. I'm currently using it with on an rpi3b+ and a Samsung 2TB SSD that wasn't even supported.
You might want to set the apropriate fs trimming (depending on what your using) ... though that never caused an issue for me.
Alright, then I will set it up this way (SSD HD connected to my router). I'm not familiar with fs trimming (I guess it has to do with the SSD HD setup), but I'll do some research to see what it's about and whether I need to set anything up, apart from the NAS via Nextcloud.

Thanks a lot again!

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