Online storage is all the rage this year. Cloud storage is cheap, fast, works in the background, easy to set up, and gives you one more way to backup your important files.
What if you could use your Mac as an online storage service for family and friends? There’s a Mac app for that. The question is, do you want your Mac to be an online backup service?
Where There’s A Wil, There’s A Weigh
I’m trying to go on an app diet. Not much success so far. My Mac is weighed down with apps that do all sorts of cool things that I’m sure someone else besides me wants to do.
Do I need to turn my Mac into an online cloud service for family and friends?
Probably not. But you might.
If you’ve considered it, then BarracudaDrive is a web application server that does just that.
Cheaper Than Dime A Dozen
Online file services are a dime a dozen. They’re not expensive and a good way to keep important files and documents off premise and stored away from your Mac.
Even less expensive is to use BarracudaDrive on your Mac, which then becomes the online cloud service. Think of it like this. Your Mac becomes like MobileMe’s iDisk, except with much, much larger capacity.
Your family and friends log into your Mac remotely to store, download, upload files without a monthly fee.
Your Home Mac Web Server
Built in to BarracudaDrive are a bunch of interesting and useful tools to extend your home server. Manage files remotely using a web browser. Give other users access to your Mac and their own files.
It even comes with a built-in web page creator, a minimal content management system app, that lets you build your own web site on your own Mac.
What about a domain name?
There’s a built-in Dynamic DNS app that keeps your personal domain name working if your internet service provider assigns dynamic IP addresses to your home Mac.
Actually, your Mac has many of these services and capabilities built in to OS X, but you need to be a bit geeky to drag them out and use them. BarracudaDrive makes it easier.
Is your Mac going to be as secure as a commercial online storage service? Despite what BarracudaDrive says, probably not, but it won’t exactly be insecure, either. Compare the price with online storage services and it looks like a bargain.