pCloud-The Secure Alternative to Dropbox You Probably Have Never Heard Of

Barely a day goes by when the newsfeeds do not cover another cybersecurity scare where services or companies have been hacked and vital user data is harvested by cybercriminals or nation-state hackers which is where pCloud comes into its own.

pCloud is a Swiss-based company that was started in 2013 and boasts more than eight million subscribers but it is rarely heard of in mainstream tech media.

Security is at the heart of pCloud and it hosts user data through a leading certified data centre via collocation. When using the pCloud service user’s data is transferred to its outsourced servers via TLS/SSL protocol and is copied on at least three server locations in a highly secure certified data centre in Dallas, Texas, USA. Its collocated service provider is certified for SSAE 16 SOC 1, Type II that ensures the highest level of security.

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Taking The Axe To Cloud Services

Some time ago I decided to have a cull of duplicate and rarely used apps and services on my Android devices and wrote about it on this blog. Last week I decided to rationalise my various cloud storage and backup systems. The primary reason for this was that I had a substantial number of files relating to a client for whom I do consultancy on my private Dropbox account.

The risk of this is obviously if I get abducted by aliens or decamp for life to a Buddhist monastery, the client has no access to its data. I also had data scattered across other cloud-based systems after years of sampling services for this blog. It was obviously time for rationalisation and to wield the axe.

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Rolo Not Just A Dialler More A Clever CMS

I can remember back in the dim and distant past when all my old mobile phone could do was make calls and send texts. To make a call you had to punch the numbers in from memory until such time as the manufacturers created the magical address book.  With the advent of smartphones, there is now a veritable torrent of dialling related apps and services that have revolutionised the way we contact and interact with people.

I was a firm favourite of Contacts+ until I discovered the drag n drop world of Drupe and I switched allegiance. I know, I am a fickle bastard! Then Srinath Rajaram came along asking for me to take a look at Rolo. On its website, the developer states: Rolo is an app that helps you track and  follow­-up with your clients, vendors & friends. Even if you have 1000s of clients & make 100s of calls, you’ll remember everything.”

That’s a tall claim, but I believe that Rolo is clearly more than “just a dialler” and more of a contact management system.

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CloudMagic Turbocharges Into Newton

newton logoOver a number of years, CloudMagic has become the leading email app for mobile platforms.  It has been on my “must have” list for a long time and it’s ability to work as well, if not better, than some desktop email clients, has kept me in touch while sitting in a taverna in Greece, enjoying an ice-cold Estrella in a bar in Barcelona or even just sitting outside enjoying a rare chunk of English summer sun in the garden.  Now CloudMagic is metamorphosing into Newton, a paid for subscription service with a host of additional features for the power user. I have been playing with the beta version and I love it and will not hesitate to cough up the $49.99 for 12 months – just think of all that additional power for less than a cup of coffee a week!

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Microsoft Slashes Free OneDrive Storage to 5gb

onedrive-logoI often despair at Microsoft’s attitude to the Internet.  Ever since Bill Gates  back in the 1990s said the Internet wasn’t going to catch on, the company has shown an at times bizarre approach to what has eventually become hot and trending approaches to work. As an advocate of flexible and remote working I found Microsoft’s stopping development of its PDA (personal digital assistant) windows for mobile software perplexing and , even now, I would argue they have not caught up with Apple or Google over the IoS and Android platforms.  If I were a shareholder and noting that the PC software market was shrinking, I would be worried that the Big M is seemingly playing catch-up.

The latest chorus in the opera of disenchantment came in an Email from Microsoft announcing it was slashing its OneDrive free storage space from 25gb down to 5gb.  The 15 GB camera roll storage bonus will also be discontinued for free accounts will also be slashed. To be fair it doesn’t really affect me as I have a premium 1tb account with Dropbox and only used OneDrive as a blog test bed, but if I were a regular user and I saw 20gb being hacked off my account I would not be too impressed.

So, why has this happened?

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