I like the idea of having the photos taken with the smartphone automatically saved somewhere. Sure, Google offers for free (or almost) this service. As well as Dropbox and similar services. But not only the photos, even your documents. What about your comfort, a follower of laziness applied like me, to save a document on your PC and have it automatically stored in another place, accessible from any other device of mine?
It ‘a system that more or less we all know, many use it almost unconsciously, other more carefully. The fact is that this convenience comes at a price. The price of “trust” of the subject that provides the service: both in the sense of data security (my data are really safe? They can not take / read / modify my data?) And in the sense of certainty of the service (is the subject reliable? Will there be tomorrow? What tools do I get back to my data?).
I think that with proper precautions the second point can be easily overcome, for example with additional backup routed on further external storage spaces. The first point is the central one: the security of my data.
To give me a satisfactory answer some time ago I put online a cloud storage service powered by Seafile. This open source project was impressive in the ability to encrypt the data with a password that is not stored together with the same data but that must be entered each time on the client who wants to access that data. In this way, even if someone copies the files, will not be able to decipher without the correct password.
The cost of the operation is quite low: I paid $ 15 / year VPS server with 100GB of disk space (definitely oversized for my needs!), The installation of the Debian system and seafile ended in less than an hour, following the excellent documentation provided with the product.
Now I have my personal “dropbox” where I can save my documents and my photos, available from my PC with Linux, from my smartphone and even from company’s ‘iPad. 🙂