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Personal Cloud Tonido Debuts Next Generation Sync Client and Powers Intel® Home Media Software

We are excited to announce the release of next generation Tonido Sync/Backup client. Unlike the older version, the new sync client enables one to backup/sync multiple local folders to remote folders in Tonido server and vice versa. The sync client now runs on a set time interval (30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours or every 4 hours). One can also choose to sync manually at any time. This new client is great for users who want to backup one or multiple folders to the central Tonido server running on your Home PC or Raspberry PI.

See the New Tonido Sync Client in action below,

The latest Tonido sync/backup can be downloaded from our downloads page.

We are glad to announce that Intel® chose Tonido to power its Home Media Software Solution optimized for 6th generation Intel® Core™ processor-based desktop PCs. Intel’s Home Media Software enables you to access enjoy all your photos, videos, and documents, wherever you go. It includes Tonido home server as well as Plex media server software.

Intel’s Home Media Software promotional video is given below,

Our goal is to enable Personal Cloud in every PC. We like the new sync/backup client and we hope you like it too.

Tonido Pro and Biz are now Free

 

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We have an awesome news to share with you. We have made both Tonido Pro (29$/year) and Tonido Biz (99$/year) completely free.  Just install the latest Tonido and get all the paid features at no cost. For complete list of features, Please check http://www.tonido.com/tonidodesktop_freefeatures/.

Now with Tonido being free, Data Privacy doesn’t have to be a privilege anymore.  Each and Every one of you can run your own Personal Cloud at no cost to protect your personal data.

We are committed in making Tonido as the #1 Personal Cloud server that safeguards your data privacy and internet freedom. We thank you for your continued support.

Personal Cloud Tonido is available for QNAP NAS

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The most passionate Tonido users run Tonido on a dedicated PC or a TonidoPlug. Our vision is to make Tonido a compelling alternative to public online services to protect your data privacy and internet freedom. To achieve that vision we are bringing Tonido to different computing devices. Few months back we have launched Tonido for Raspberry Pi.  Now we are bringing Tonido to QNAP NAS.  Just install the Tonido Personal Cloud Software on your QNAP NAS and convert into your own Personal Cloud that you can access it from anywhere.   Get Tonido for QNAP here.

Features

Access all your files stored QNAP from anywhere

  • Tonido Server allows you to access all your files on your QNAP from a web browser, Smartphone, tablet or even DLNA enabled devices. No setup necessary.
  •  You get an easy to remember link to your QNAP NAS. e.g.: http://john.tonidoID.com.
  • Tonido Server is ideal for Home Users, Professionals and Small Businesses who need a file sharing solution. It’s your own Personal Cloud.

2-way file synchronization between your PCs and QNAP

  • Tonido Sync allows you to synchronize your files, documents, media, videos among your computers and QNAP NAS.
  •  Any file you save to your Tonido Sync folder instantly saves to all your computers and QNAP NAS.
  • Works even when you are not connected to the internet. You always have your files, whether or not you have an internet connection.
  • Use any computer running any operating system Windows, Linux or Mac

Automatic backup of your Photos from iPhone and Android

  • Automatically upload photos and videos from your iPhones/Android devices to QNAP NAS without user intervention.
  • No storage limits. No more subscription fees.
  • Complete Privacy. 100% Security.

Live streaming of music and videos

  •  Quick secure access to your entire music and videos collection wherever you are without uploading them to online cloud services.
  •  Video Streaming – Easily stream videos from your QNAP to your device.
  •  Music Streaming – Stream your entire music collection in different formats (including FLAC, OGG, WMA, MP3 and more) without saving them locally on your device.

Automatically organize and catalog your personal photos, music and videos stored in QNAP NAS

  • Ultra Fast, High Performance Media Indexing
  • Automatic organization of photos by year and month based on EXIF Meta data
  • Automatic indexing of music and organize it based on Song, Artist, Genre and Album names

Secure multi-user access, sharing and granular permissions

  • Share large files, folders or any content from your QNAP directly with family, colleagues or your clients or customers.
  • Create a secure private share that only authorized people are allowed to access them.
  • Guest user accounts for private, authorized access.

We have plans to bring Tonido to ReadyNAS and Synology devices depending on the users interest. Let us know.

Personal Cloud Tonido Brings Secure, Private, Automatic Photo Backups to Android Phones

Secure storage software brings unlimited, hack proof, automatic backup of photos and videos to Android Phones/Tablets

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 17, 2014 — CodeLathe, the leader in personal cloud products, has launched a major app release that will allow users to automatically backup their photos and videos from Android Phones/Tablets to their computers running Tonido Personal Cloud software. This new feature is offered completely free to customers and there is no storage limits or subscription fees.

The self-hosted, personal cloud solution allows users to view documents, play music, browse photos, watch videos and share files without storing it in public online services. Individuals begin by downloading the free Tonido server app on their desktop and the free mobile app onto their Android device. The app safely connects users to the documents stored on their desktop in seconds. Users can access their files via Wi-Fi or 3G mobile networks and automatically backup their photos and videos from Android to their Tonido personal cloud.

“Time and time again, popular public cloud online services are proving that they are not safe for storing private photos or documents. The recent celebrity photo hack is an ample proof to that effect.  With Tonido, now users have an alternative choice to public online services. Tonido can provide unlimited photo upload functionality that is order of magnitude more secure than public cloud services” said Madhan Kanagavel, CEO of Codelathe.

Tonido Personal cloud is built from scratch for secure access and private sharing.  Tonido’s distributed architecture, anonymous user name policy and not storing password in servers makes Tonido more secure than public online services.

“One of the most used feature of public cloud services like Dropbox; Google Drive; Apple iCloud etc is the ability to automatically backup photos of the mobile devices without user intervention. With the latest Tonido Android App and Tonido server you can now get this feature in your very own private cloud. No more storage limits, No more security concerns” said Anis Abdul, CTO of CodeLathe.

Tonido Features

  • Free, Unlimited, Automatic backup of photos and videos
  • Automatic, multi-format live video, audio transcoding and streaming
  • Tonido companion server apps are available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux
  • Easy to remember web URL access to your computer

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

The Tonido Android app is available for free on the Android Play Store at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tonido.android&hl=en.

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How Tonido can protect Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton from future Cyber Hacks?

If you are following the news, the internet is currently abuzz with the massive celebrity photo hacking incident. Hundreds of celebrities are affected by this leak  including Academic Award winner Jennifer Lawrence  and super model Kate Upton.  According to news sources, hackers hacked either celebrities Apple iCloud or Dropbox accounts. The exact details of how the hacking happened is not completely clear yet . One can read more about this story in  NPR here. Here is the editorial piece from NYTimes on the same topic.

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The primary reason we founded Tonido is to provide a safe alternative to public online services where the users have complete control and ownership of the data.  We have reiterated many times  that the  public cloud online services are inherently unsafe to store personal photos. When  hundreds of millions users use a centralized cloud like iCloud (300 M+ accounts) or Dropbox (300 M accounts) or Google Drive to store personal documents and photos, the potential reward of hacking such systems are quite high. These centralized online services are waiting to be hacked every second of a day, 365 days a year. One successful hacking attempt can inadvertently expose many users private data.  Even if these companies employ world’s leading computer security experts, there will never be a guarantee that these systems are completely safe.

There is also a genuine concern that individuals hand over their personal data to corporate entities without fully understanding the consequences. There is always a risk that your personal data will be data mined for profit motives.  If you use iPhone or Android Phone, you are automatically opt-in to backup your photos/videos to their respective cloud services.  Opting out from automatic backup is a not an intuitive process. These systems are primarily designed to suck the personal data rather than safe guarding it. Even if you delete the photos from your device there is no guarantee that it will be deleted from the cloud server. Further, once your personal data enters the public cloud, the data is at the mercy of those who administer it. In short, Don’t put private files in the cloud if you don’t want it to get out

But users have choices though. Privacy doesn’t has to be a privilege. A little commonsense can go long way. A distributed system like Tonido will always be order of magnitude more secure than Dropbox or Google Drive.  Tonido is probably one of the best system to safeguard  your personal data because of its  anonymity, zero knowledge of user password and storage of data in the user device rather than the cloud.

For instance, let us go through the Tonido account creation process. Users can choose any name as their account name. We don’t have real name policy like public clouds. User passwords are neither  transmitted to us or stored in our servers.  If somebody wants to hack the system, hacking our servers is not going to help. They have to individually hack every device that is running Tonido.  if you choose a sufficiently hard user name and the password then hackers need to hack both the username and the password.  Users can choose a secondary question and answer to further protect thier accounts. Since your unique username is part of the device URL (https://yourname.tonidoid.com), phishing attempts can be quickly discovered by the users.

 

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 Here are 10 Reasons Why you should consider Tonido over Public online services for storing private data?

  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 to access your Tonido device from anywhere. You are free to use your own.
  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 don’t store your passwords in our system.
  9.     Cross Platform and works on any device – Tonido is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.  Just a Raspberry Pi is enough to run Tonido.
  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).

In addition to the security benefits,  Tonido is extremely simple to use.  It will take less than 5 minutes to set it up.  One can also automatically backup photos/videos from iPhones/Android Phones to their own Personal Cloud without worrying about security and privacy.

We invite Jeniffer, Kate and other individuals, who would like to safeguard their private data to try out Tonido Personal Cloud. We promise you will not be disappointed.

 

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. 

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.

Dropbox Terms of Service and Privacy Policy Change – What it means to your Data and Rights?

 

Today Dropbox has changed the Terms Of Service and Privacy Policy  once again.  We don’t have the legal expertise to comment on the  merits and demerits of Arbitration clause or the importance of user rights to seek legal remedy in a court of law.  From the user comments on the blog post, it does seem like a unpopular move by Dropbox.

But we can say one thing: Once personal data moves from your computer to a 3rd party cloud, the data is not yours anymore…

Luckily our users have Tonido. We are proud of the personal cloud service that we have created and run over 5 years to  safeguard your privacy and online freedom.  At this time, there is no better challenge in the internet and our team is ready to carry on the fight with your help.

We promise to our users that we will make Tonido as the #1 Personal Cloud .

 

File Synchronization Performance Benchmarks – Tonido vs. Dropbox

Users’ desire to access their content from anywhere  and the Proliferation of smart phones, tablets and game boxes like Xbox, PS3 in modern homes  and has created a  new market category of Personal Cloud solutions. Various research reports from leading research firms predict that the next decade will be an era of Personal Clouds and forecast the active accounts associated with personal cloud storage services will exceed 1 billion at the end of 2013.

When it comes to Personal Clouds, There are mainly 2 schools of thought

  1. Personal Cloud based on Public Cloud (Yeah  It is kind of Oxymoron).  Ex: Dropbox and Google Drive are major offerings in this category
  2. Self hosted Personal cloud solutions like Tonido, arkOS, OwnCloud and others

We (Tonido, FileCloud) are one of the early proponent of Personal Cloud and self hosted cloud concept. Now we can confidently say our Personal Cloud server,  mobile apps, sync and drive clients can give serious competition to popular public cloud compatriots in terms of functionality, UX, Performance and value. You don’t have to take our word for it.  Do your own research.  Check our mobile apps rating in the respective app stores, Read independent media reviews or check out user reviews of Tonido in popular news forums or just try the Tonido software by downloading from here.

But when you compete with multi-billion dollar behemoths like Google or Dropbox for a market share , it is imperative to change the narrative to objectivity and bring quantitative numbers to the table.If we are going to compete in terms of perception, it is a lost case and we don’t have the resources to pull it off.

So we did a comparison study between Tonido Sync vs. Dropbox’ s  two way file synchronization performance within LAN.  When the Tonido server and sync client is on the same LAN network,  our Smart LAN switch technology enables direct file, media sync  instead of going through our relay servers. In similar fashion, Dropbox’s LAN Sync  enables faster sync if two clients are on the same LAN. The benchmark results based on our tests will prove the merits of  Tonido Personal Cloud in an objective fashion. Based on our user metrics over the years, we estimate 70-80% of access happens within home LAN and the remaining 30% of access happens over WAN.  So it is very important to provide a superior experience when the access or sync happens within the home LAN and Tonido provides that superior experience.

Test Setup:  Tonido Sync vs. Dropbox Clients

Both computers under test are situated in the same LAN, connected to the same router and ran the latest versions of Dropbox and Tonido software.

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Test Results: Two way File Synchronization Performance in LAN (Tonido Sync vs. Dropbox)

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Based on our findings, In Average, Tonido Sync is 3 to 5 times faster than Dropbox in the same LAN. Let us know your experience in the comments.


If you are looking a secure file sync software that is trusted by 1000s of enterprise users for file synchronization, then try FileCloud. FileCloud offers the best in class file and folder sync for small and large enterprises. Learn more!

Tonido Personal Cloud App Revamped for iOS 7

New app release includes a redesigned interface, AirPrint support and improved video playback

AUSTIN, Texas, October 03, 2013 – CodeLathe, the leader in personal cloud products and services, announced today that the company has updated Tonido Mobile to take advantage of the best new features in iOS 7.  The new iPhone and iPad app features a complete overhaul of the user interface, mobile printing via AirPrint and optimized video playback with closed caption support.

“When Apple, Google and Windows make significant updates to their operating systems and hardware, we ensure that Tonido users can take full advantage of new functionality,” said Anis Abdul, CTO of CodeLathe. “In that spirit, we have taken significant steps to optimize Tonido Mobile for iOS 7.”

Tonido Mobile allows iOS, Android and Windows users to access documents, photos, music and videos stored on their home computer from anywhere in the world. The free service provides the accessibility of the cloud without running into the storage limits, costs and security flaws of public cloud storage.

The latest version of iOS app includes three key improvements:

  • Interface Redesign The Tonido user interface was rebuilt from scratch to complement the iOS 7 flat design paradigm.
  • AirPrint Support – iOS users can now print documents directly from the Tonido app using AirPrint, a technology that enables instant printing from Apple devices without the need to download and install drives.
  • Video Optimization – User can now enjoy smoother video playback along with subtitles and text made available through closed caption support.

“iOS users are our top demography and ardent supporters of Tonido Personal Cloud,” said Madhan Kanagavel, founder and CEO of CodeLathe. “Our team has done an excellent job in this redesign to bring the best possible user experience. With this new app launch, we are confident that we will maintain the best personal cloud software in the Apple ecosystem.”

Tonido Personal Cloud may be downloaded for free at www.tonido.com.

The Tonido iOS app is available here in the iTunes Store

For more information on the Tonido iOS app, visit www.tonido.com/ios/

 

 

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