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Where is your head? Is it where corporate world tells you? What about Big Brother tells you? Get your head out of the cloud and take back control and ownership of your data. Have you read the contracts from big business when you agree to use their free cloud service? What about when you run out of space? Hey, I need more data! Well get ready to start paying! What if we told you that you can setup your ownCloud storage for just pennies? Would you be interested? Well get your head out the cloud and start reading!

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We want to prefis this article with the fact that this is not a tutorial on how to build your ownCloud server for less than $200.00. This article is designed to open your eyes and get you to researching as we did, to find a way to take back control.

There are many tools out there for your use in this world we call the “World Wide Web” aka: Internet. We miss most because we act as good little boys and girls by doing only what we are told. We are here to tell you to break out of that box when it comes to your data and take back control. It is your data, why should you have to pay to store your data? If you had the chance to buy the cow for $1 compared to paying someone else 25 cents a month for the life of your data, would you buy the cow?

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We have many companies with free cloud storage out there and most offer only so much storage space for free. Once you exceed it, you have to pay for more. What happens when they decide not to offer free storage anymore? Now who owns your data? We have Google Drive, Drop Box, iCloud, HP Cloud, Carbonite, and many more. Have you ever read the user agreement, or did you just click OK because you were told to just do it?

Everyone wants to be connected to their data today! The catch is being connected no matter where you are and amount of storage needed each day. Today you may only need 2 GB of data but tomorrow at your daughter’s wedding, you may need 10 GB for those moments you want to save for life.

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The only limitation is your imagination. We did a write up on mini computers a while back and suggest visiting it for a refresher. The reason we suggest this is due to the fact that we use one of the mini computers to build our ownCloud system.

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With ownCloud you can have unlimited storage space without some company demanding more money for more storage. No one in big business or big government is going to tell you this. Why would they not want you to know? If you ran your own cloud, then big business could not charge you to store your data or have access to your data. Big business makes money off our data, so it is time we take back control.

Big government would not want you running your ownCloud because then they could not easily have access to your data. They would have to actually face you, the rightful owner to get the data. The biggest reason to run your ownCloud is to have unlimited storage space. There are many pro’s and con’s to this but to us the Pro’s outweigh the Con’s.

We want you to know that there are options out there for less that will give you better control over your data. How do we know, we run our ownCloud and everyone’s cell phones are backed up to it. We do not have to pay Verizon for data storage. We do not eat data as we are able to set the upload to act only when connected to WiFi. You already pay for internet service at home most likely, put it to good use!

Some companies have tried to do a cloud drive but they were still limited by connection back to their own servers. With a mini computer and ownCloud you are only limited by your internet service provider.

Thank you for stopping by and we look forward to hearing back from you. If you would like your ownCloud custom built for you, please contact us via lovemytool and we will set something up with you.

 

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Author - Emory Mullis has been in Law Enforcement for roughly 19 years including military and civilian law enforcement. He started learning about computers back when Gateway 266 MHz was the top of the line and cost about $2000.00.Right out the box, I was compelled to take my new found 266 apart. Why I have no idea other than pure curiosity. Once I had the computer out the box and on the floor in pieces, my wife walked in. Trust me people; this was not a good thing! Either way I got a good understanding at this point on how a computer is put together and / or the components inside. This was my starting point with computers and I still hear my wife in the back ground “It better work when you put it back together!” That was my humble beginnings as a Cyber Investigator. Now with many Cyber cases under my belt, I have learned that you must question, challenge and test almost daily to keep up with all the new tools, software, computers and cell phone formats to be able to forensically acquire evidence and it is a real challenge. I enjoy the challenge and look forward to learning more every day!

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