How to choose a Cloud service

As a technology user, it comes a time when the services you use have grown in numbers, so you may end up with: a Dropbox account, a Gmail account, a Facebook account, an Evernote account, Twitter, Instagram, Yahoo, even an Apple account (if destiny turn the back on you 🙂 ), forum accounts maybe, and the list goes on. That’s a lot of passwords to remember. Of course you can have the same or similar password for all the apps but may be a serious risk in case of an identity theft. If an account gets hacked, you can lose all your other accounts.

 To solve that you can use:

  1. An app that can manage all your passwords.
  2. An ecosystem of apps and devices, like Google, Windows, Apple etc. The benefits of that approach is that you have a single account for all of your data, platforms, services and the tight integration of all your software between your devices: desktop, laptop, phone, tablet and so on. Eg.: You start an email on your laptop, you go out, reach for your phone, open the email application and boom, your draft is there and you can continue typing.

For what i have seen around internet involving everyday technology users, people split in two main categories with the associated top priorities:

1. Open people – likely to use and ecosystem.

– they are the majority of internet users these days and i’m not talking only about Facebook, Instagram and online games user, i am also talking about power users that really know their way around internet.

– they don’t care too much about privacy or how the service providers use their data. That doesn’t mean they are unaware, simply they want to get the job done fast.

2. Aware people – likely to use decentralised services:

– they care for their online data privacy. Not like they have something to hide, they just don’t want anybody to know their everyday life.

– they don’t want to have all the eggs in one basket. Lots of accounts for different services is better than 1 account to rule them all. If 1 account gets hacked, the others will be pretty much safe.

– they let fractions of their life with each service provider. Facebook will get the family stuff, Dropbox the work files, Evernote the planning, Gmail the emails.

– they don’t put their World Domination plans in the Cloud.

Now, what if you have a Windows desktop, an Apple phone and a Linux laptop?

You will try to use a combination of cloud based ecosystem and cross platform apps to sync the data between devices.

That is, you can access your Google/Microsoft account from any device using a web browser or the corresponding desktop/mobile apps.

So, what i recommend:

– an ecosystem account like Google/Microsoft/Apple, frequently changing the password – Good for speed, integration, getting the job done.

– multiple accounts for different services – Good for privacy, with proper management it will get the job done.

In the end, remember this:

  1. Nothing is free.
  2. Don’t put anything online that you will regret after a security breach.
  3. Don’t put anything online that you wouldn’t want a stranger to get access.
  4. Personal things are not things you put on someone’s pocket. If you do that, be sure it’s someone you trust.
  5. BACKUP data on DVDs or other online services.
  6. SD cards can get epic fail! Don’t think if it’s on your phone that you treat with care it will live forever.
  7. Go outside more! Don’t waste your life in front of a screen for unimportant things.
  8. Have fun!

LINUX – the problem with too many distros

Tux, the Linux penguin

Image via Wikipedia

As much as i love the Linux community, there are some aspects that in my oppinion are way too absurd.

One of this aspects is linked to a statement of some people that say one of the problem with Linux is that there are so many distros.

My 2 cents: There is no problem with too many distros!

For years people were bragging about the monopoly of Microsoft or Apple, the evilness of those companies and of those software compnies who don’t offer choise to the end-user, about how bad closed source is and they are very sure about the problems Linux has.

In fact, it’s not true what they say and here are my arguments (and how you can choose one):

  • If there are only two major OS like Windows and MacOS, i don’t see a problem to have 100 more, being all Linux/Unix flavors;
  • There are like 5 major distros and all other are derived from those; From hundreds we are down to 5 now;
  • All Linux distros have almost all in common so learning one helps you work very well in all the other distros;
  • The differences from distros can be learned in max. 1 day;
  • You can start with a distro who’s community is very strong and you’ll get the answers to your questions very fast (Ubuntu is the leader here);
  • As time passes, if another distro offers something you are searching for, and think it’s worth switching, do some research and testing and switch;
  • It’s not a must do as a Linux user to install all the distros during your lifetime as some do, stick with one. I don’t think there will be reasons to switch distros more than 3 times in your lifetime.
  • If you have a few problems with a distro, i don’t think switching is a solution, fixing the problem is more fun.
  • I never get a RTFM to a linux question and i think those cases are myths;
  • I’ve only used Ubuntu and openSUSE;
  • Don’t take for granted everyone say about how bad is Linux, if you are reading this you are interested in Linux and take this for granted…Linux works great.

Have fun my friends!