How Tonido Personal Cloud brings Data Ownership, Privacy and Anonymity to your Digital Life?

When we started up Tonido, our goal was to provide a compelling alternative to public online services. We figured that a few companies controlling everyone’s information is not good for a equitable society. After 4 years, if we look at the current status of the Internet, all of our worst fears have come true. There is zero privacy and zero anonymity. The web is not open and the ecosystem is controlled by a few companies. One needs to set the expectation that everything that happens on the public internet gets tracked, aggregated, diced, profiled and sold to the highest bidder. Don’t do anything on the internet that you will not do in a public place. People’s memories fade, but the Internet never forgets.

The music you access, the emails you send, the photos you share, the comments you post and pretty much anything you put on public online services serve as one more data point to create your online persona . With a few clicks anybody can buy that data for a cost.

 

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As always, the individual liberty and protection of privacy is the responsibility of users. Nobody is going to do that for you. If you have young kids or newborns many of them will outlive the current set of hot internet companies. But, by the time your kids become adults, the data that you entrust with these companies can change many hands and come back to haunt them in many ways. Even if the current management is benevolent (‘do no evil’) there is no guarantee that the future management will be benevolent.  Hard times and bad economies can change the way companies will treat your personal data.

With your permission, you give us more information about you, about your friends, and we can improve the quality of our searches. We don’t need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about  Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google

This quote pretty much summarizes the power that we voluntarily give out to internet companies. The new internet monopolies are not much different from the 19th century robber barons. The railroad magnates used their control over rail road distribution to create monopolies. In similar ways, the large internet firms use network effects, control over personal data and monopolies over desktop and mobile Operating Systems to serve their profit goals. It is not illegal. It is business as usual. But as users we need to think twice about the information we freely offer. What kind of control are we forsaking?

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Many of the popular internet companies (Google, Facebook and others) enforce real name policy, thereby ensuring they are able to identify track and aggregate you and your data anytime you use their services. We are not advocating that you should not use their services. But do expect that anything you do and share on these services is up for sale. The “I have nothing to hide” argument is not really valid  here. The data you put or share in these services can have profound practical implications in your job search, getting insurance or getting a financial loan. It is not really about hiding stuff any more. The basics of life are at stake here.

Smart people now understand this predicament and indiscriminate sharing on social networks is changing slowly. If you want to have real control over your personal data then you need to have complete control over the system.

Tonido provides such a system. If you want to share your kids photos or share your thoughts with family and friends without any fear, Tonido can do that for you. Using Tonido, you can create this private, safe space  that runs on your device behind your home router. You will have 100% control over this private little space.

Here are the 10 things that Tonido can do  to safeguard ownership,  privacy and anonymity

  1. No Real Name Policy – Unlike Facebook or Google, we don’t require a real name to create Tonido account. You can choose any name.
  2. Completely Independent –  To facilitate ease of use, we provide dynamic dns and relay server capabilities to access your Tonido device from anywhere. You are free to use our dynamic DNS and relay servers or your own. Here are the instructions.
  3. Complete Control – Turn it On or Turn it Off any time.
  4. Private and anonymous shares- Tonido allows you to create private and anonymous file shares
  5. Ephemeral Shares – Tonido allows you to create time limited, ephemeral file shares that you can use to share content with friends and family
  6. Guest user support – Create user accounts for your  family members and friends in your own Personal Cloud
  7. Works without internet – The application and data is always local. You can access your Tonido device from your home network even if there is no internet
  8. Password Security – We store only your user name. We don’t store your passwords in our system. It will give you completely secure access to your data. Any centralized hack will not compromise your data.
  9. Cross Platform and works on any device – Tonido is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. You don’t need  expensive hardware to run Tonido – Any old computer will do.
  10. Powerful Alternative to Online Services –Out of the Box, Tonido can replace Google Drive, Dropbox, Picassa, Flickr, Facebook and Spotify (If you own your music). It is extremely simple to use and comes with native mobile apps for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry.

In a nutshell, Tonido allows one to  access, share, sync and organize personal data from anywhere without losing control over the personal data.

We are committed in our vision to make Tonido  the #1 Personal Cloud that safeguards  privacy and online freedom.  We are happy that our years of effort  creating Tonido is making the world a better place. We don’t have billions of Tonido users. But we make a positive difference in the lives of the million or so users that currently take advantage of our systems. An active Tonido user puts order of magnitude less data in the popular online services than an average internet user. Every user that Tonido attracts is one less user for a Public cloud service. That is good enough for us. 

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Tech Tip:- How to Switch to Different Account in Tonido

Step 1: Go to Settings and then to Accounts Tab.

Step 2: Scroll Down and click on Switch Account. 2014-05-30_105418

Step 3: You will see the Tonido Login Screen. From the login screen, you can either login with a different account name or create a new account using the New Account button.

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*Note: Switch Account  allows you to change the name associated with that computer or TonidoPlug either by switching to different account or by creating a new account

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Add, Edit or Remove Guest User from Tonido

All that you need to do is,

1. Click on Shared Files from the left navigation panel

2. Go to Guests tab

3. Click on “Add Guest” Button to add a guest

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4. Type in the guest username and password and click on create. Guest user will be create

5.  To update the existing guest :Click on the edit button and type in the new username and password

 

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6.  Click on Update button to save the changes

7.  To Remove a guest account : Click on the remove button that appears  straight to the guest

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8. Click on “OK  button to delete a guest permanently

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Change the Port on which Tonido is running

To achieve this ,

1. Go to Settings->Network

2. Click on Http Port under the section “Web Settings”.

3. Type in the port on which you need to run tonido.

4. Click Submit.

Restart the tonido server for the changes to take effect.

Your tonido will be now running on the port you specified .For  Example : You can open your tonido using http://127.0.0.1:2558

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Tech Tip : Share access history in Tonido.

1. Go to Shared Files, and then to History.

2. This history tab contains information about the shared file access by guests and/or anonymous users.

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Tonido’s 10 Rules of Personal Cloud

Personal Cloud is probably the most misused term in the internet now. Every sundry public cloud storage offerings like Dropbox, Google Drive and others are masquerading themselves as Personal Clouds. Remember. It is their Personal Cloud. Not Yours. They can kick out, block or shutdown anybody at anytime. They determine how much storage you can use and have complete right to track and catalog your data.

We are one of the earliest companies who have used the term -“Personal Cloud” back in 2009 to put forth our vision. We cannot sit idle and watch the misappropriation of term and vision that we have fought for over many years.

In real sense, the word personal means “of, affecting, or belonging to a particular person rather than to anyone else”. So Personal Cloud means a cloud that is owned by you. not by others.

Like Codd’s 12 rules of database, which he put together  to prevent his vision of the relational database being diluted by vendors, We are putting together our 10 rules of Personal Cloud.

Rule 1: The Personal Cloud system should run on the device owned or fully controlled by the end user.

Rule 2: The Owner of Personal Cloud system should have complete ownership, rights of content he/she can put in the Personal Cloud System

Rule 3: The Owner of Personal Cloud system should have complete independence of content he/she can put in the Personal Cloud System

Rule 4: The Personal Cloud System (the app and the data) should be completely Local. The system should be accessible even if there is no internet.

Rule 5: The Personal Cloud System should not snoop or alter the end user content either manually or in an automated fashion

Rule 6: The Personal Cloud System should not pose any storage limits and should be accessible from anywhere.

Rule 7: The owner should be able to stop or shutdown the Personal Cloud system anytime.

Rule 8: The Personal Cloud System should be cross platform and run on all the popular desktop (Windows, Mac and Linux) OSes.

Rule 9:  The Personal Cloud System  should have clients or be accessible from all the popular mobile OSes (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows and others).

Rule 10: The Personal Cloud System  should run on from low to high end computing devices (Routers, NAS to PCs and Servers) and varied chipset platforms (ARM, MIPS, X86 and others).

 

If you are a user check whether your beloved service checks all of the rules here and if you are a vendor make sure you comply to all of the rules here before calling yourself as Personal Cloud.

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Tech Tip: Setting Remote Login / Answer for More Security in Tonido

1. Click on Settings, and then on Accounts.

2. Click on Remote Login / Answer to set the Question and answer.

 

3.Enter the Remote Question and Remote Answer and Submit.

 

4. Now, when you login Tonido drive / Tonido Sync / Tonido Mobile App you have to enter Remote Answer to complete the credentials properly.

*Note: Once you have set the Remote Answer, and you fail to enter it while Login. Your Login will not be successful.

 

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Personal Cloud Tonido Launches New Windows Phone App

Secure, limitless Personal Cloud brings anywhere content access to Windows Phones

AUSTIN, Texas, Apr 24, 2014 — CodeLathe, the leader in personal cloud, today launched a new Windows Phone app for its Tonido personal cloud product. With this new release, Codelathe solidifying its leadership position in offering the best in class mobile apps across all major platforms. The new app is part of its private file sync, sharing and mobile access solution that enables data access anytime and anywhere, from any device.

“As Tonido reaches mainstream – crossing over million users, our users expect our solution to provide the best experience in all major platforms,” said Madhan Kanagavel, CEO of CodeLathe “ With this new Windows Phone app,  we are one of the very few companies that truly support all major mobile platforms. “

The fully redesigned app uses Windows modern UI to improve user experience and takes advantage of all the powerful features of Windows Phone. The app allows users to remotely access files on computer running Tonido using their Windows Phone. Tonido does more than just provide access, it also streams compatible video and misc files from computer to Windows Phones. This release includes some major features similar to the Tonido’s iOS and Android apps. Here are some of the key features of the new Windows Phone 8 app

  • Access all remote files
  • Share files with friends and colleagues
  • Download and upload files from phone
  • Automatically organize your photos, music and video collection
  • Create and Manage music playlists for your music
  • Stream video and music

“We believe in providing a great user experience through a native app that takes advantage of the underlying platform,”   said Anis Abdul, CTO of CodeLathe “Our Windows Phone app is designed ground-up for Windows, using all of its capabilities and modern UI.”

The Tonido server app is available for free download at http://www.tonido.com.

The Tonido Windows Phone app is available for free on the Windows Store at http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/tonido/4eeacbe9-7405-47cc-acd0-f418471f992a

 

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Restrict Upload Size for a shared Folder

All you need to do is

1. Select the folder that you need to share

 

2. Click on close on the dialog that appears

3. In the manage share dialog that appears, Click on the “Allow Selected Users”

4. Select “limited” under “Upload Size Limit(KB)” Section.

5. Enter the upload size limit in the textbox.

6. Click on “Update”

Your shared folder allows upload only till the upload size specified

 

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Tech tip : Easy Slideshow of Images via Tonido

All you need to do is,

  1. Click on Gallery. This changes the default list view to the Gallery View.

 

2. Select the folder which you need to view.

3. If the folder contains no image in it, alert will be shown

 

 

4.  Now click on the slideshow button.

 

5. Slideshow of your images under the particular folder will be started.

 

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