Schlagwort-Archive: private

iCloud Hack – why you should own a Private Portal


Hackers and government agents

Most people understand the difference between a private safe at home and a rented safe controlled by a bank. Your private safe is endangered by family members and burglars. Your bank safe is protected against burglars but is  endangered by banking and government rules as well as fraud by bank employees.

People have a rough understanding of the pros and cons of the physical safe security solutions. However, users have no chance to assess the quality of online IT services.

They hope their data are adequately secured and backed up. Hopefully, the apps they are using and the companies running it will be operational forever. Passwords and accessed are handled according highest security standards. Users hope  that large organisations like Facebook, Yahoo or Apple take better care of their data than small companies. This is certainly not true. The large organisations may have very good mechanisms to protect their data. However, criminals prefer large targets because the return on investment is much larger. Large companies are subject to all kinds of government regulations e.g. banks may not allowed to hand out the money you have in your saving accounts (just figures in a data base).

Many people think that their smart phone is data safe and store huge amounts of  sensitive data – very often data which are owned by other people (e.g. email), employers or companies. Today you may be forced to give immigration officers your passwords to social networks and private accounts.

My solution to this problem is rather simple. I use a private Sharepoint Server Private Portal for me, my family clan, my professional project partners but also my guitar club. The Private Portal is hosted by a small hosting provider in Switzerland. The cost is about 120$/year for > 100 users. Microsoft is also offering  Sharepoint Online for $5/user. The Microsoft Sharepoint software is used by a lot of large companies. Therefore it will be  maintained at least for the next 20 years. Microsoft has a good track record on providing long-term support for their business software. The staff of the Swiss hoster is very experienced and provides services also to Swiss banks. Swiss government tries to establish a trusted IT infrastructure in Switzerland and knows how important security and privacy is for this business – I do not trust the legislation and government agencies of Trump, Merkel or Putin.

I personally control the high level access to my private portal and can create subportals for groups and invite other users.  Users can manage the access to their data. Sharepoint provides multi language support – a very important figure for my WW family.  It also provides private communication much like Facebook. You must not use eMail services to communicate. I don’t store a lot of data on my smart phone. Sensitive data is stored at the portal and can be accessed anytime with a browser or special Sharepoint apps. I personally prefer a browser which works on any device.

Certainly the private portal  server can be attacked by hackers much like any other Sharepoint server. However, the ROI will be very small and not very interesting to NSA and other government agencies. The private portal has also the advantage that I can get a copy of all my data to my PC whenever I want and can move to another service provider. I am using standard systems like Facebook, XING , Google etc for first contacts, chats  and „throw away“  data. The nice things about my Private Portal – no advertizing and no nasty messaging during work. It’s certainly worth 10$ per month.

Attention: Big Companies like Microsoft, Apple, Google etc want to drive the small hosters out of business  and move users to their closed platforms. An Open Source Collaboration Portal offering for private and small business is needed.

PS Sending Sharepoint Messages to users, which are not registered. (German)

iCloud Hackers Threat well known

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Building a Private Cloud with Sharepoint and Sharekami Client

BayBlueAlmost every IT company tries to lure customers to their cloud. The goal is to lock in the customers to a proprietary scheme much like Microsoft or Apple have done successfully. Once you have stored your data and use proprietary applications on their platforms you probably will not be able to move to another cloud platform. You can also expect that most of the cloud platforms will be closed down because they cannot work profitable or have chosen the wrong technologies. Early Google customers have been caught several times on systems which Google gave up after a couple of years.
Private users, professionals, small groups (friends, family, SMBs) want to store their data for a long time (> 20 years) and want to control the access to the data personally. You really can’t trust Apple, Facebook, Google and others not to change their mode of operation, security models and last not least their business model. Typically all the services are free till the users are trapped. However, after a couple of years high services high fees are asked for.
Therefore the strategy of users should be store and administer their data themselves on systems they control e.g. on a home server or on a trusted platform maintained by a service provider of their choice. The platform should provide secure access from multiple devices via private networks and the web much like today with local PC networks connected to the web. This provides also a smooth migration path from todays PC based home and SMB.

I am using a hosted Sharepoint Server as platform to store data to be shared between users and devices. Sharepoint provides user (groups) and security management as well as public and private web sites and a communication and collaboration platform. My Sharepoint Server is hosted by a very reliable  Sharepoint hoster in Switzerland, because Switzerland offers a very good legal system for protection of private data. For about 150 $/year the Sharepoint Server can support easily 100 users. Thus the cost/user are really low. Most Sharepoint functions can be used with a standard browser on mobile devices. However, the user interfaces are not really friendly on mobile devices. It is recommended to design a couple of  „mobile friendly“ (Example) Sharepoint pages on web sites. Users can access the Sharepoint Server without buying special apps for the mobile devices keeping the cost especially for casual users really low. There are also a number of free Sharepoint clients available for iOS (Colligo, Sharekami  Video. SharePlus) . There are also some clients available on Android.

The browser interface to Sharepoint does not support interaction with data on iOS devices. You cannot upload documents and photos directly from the iPhone or interact efficiently with the Sharepoint communication and collaboration functions of Sharepoint.  Sharekami Pro is a iOS App (19.99 $) which allows comfortable interaction with the major Sharepoint functions and upload of  e.g. QuickOffice documents and photos.




The user interface is similar to the interface to iCloud. Sharekami Pro is recommended for mobile Sharepoint power users. Sharepoint Pro supports for data which are loaded from the Sharepoint server to mobile devices, which is important for private and professional users.

With a hosted Sharpoint Server and mobile clients like Sharekami Pro users can build their own cloud with low cost and minimum administration effort. Data and access can be controlled personally – freedom to cloud users! No need to rely on Apple, Google, etc.