Various cloud providers, but most notably Dropbox, allows you to sync your data between multiple devices which is handy if you need access to data across say your smartphone, laptop and desktop machine.
The downside to this is that the same data is stored on all three of your devices and on your cloud providers servers.
This has two major problems…
- Your data is replicated three times across your three machines which uses three times as much of your available storage.
- Your data is three times more likely to get lost, stolen or corrupted.
The way LifeStuff handle this is by storing all your data in the MaidSafe network and allowing you access to it from ANY machine that is connected to the internet with an installed copy of LifeStuff.
You do not have to be on your machine to get to your data, you simply log in to LifeStuff and all your data is there.
You can access your data from any machine connected to the internet with Dropbox, but as soon as you do, Dropbox copies all your data to that machine also, leaving your data on someone else’s device.
LifeStuff is designed specifically to require an internet connection so you do have to be connected to the internet to retrieve your data, but realistically, almost all devices are connected these days. However, if you can foresee a situation where you cannot get a connection to the internet, you can always keep a local copy of your data on your machine and use LifeStuff solely as a backup solution.
Another major benefit you get with LifeStuff is total security.
No other cloud provider can offer the level of data security that LifeStuff provides as standard.
The reason we are different is that we secure the data itself, as well as the place where we store the data.
We do this using self-encryption which chunks up your data, encrypts each chunk and then xors the result. This leaves obfuscated information which is then distributed across nodes all over the network.
The only way to recover your data is by logging in to LifeStuff with your Keyword, your P.I.N. and your password and none of these access requirements are ever stored on the network or on your computer.
Written by Stephen Cosh
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