Reviewed October 8th, 2020
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Nextcloud

Nextcloud
9/10

Summary

Nextcloud is a suite of free and open-source client-server software that allows you to create your own file hosting services on private servers. The service can be used for free and storage and bandwidth are entirely up to you if you run your own server. However, you can also create your cloud with others' servers as well.

Privacy Checklist

Does it meet our minimum privacy standards?

Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?

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Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?

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Does it use cookies, telemetry, or third-party tracking scripts?

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Is the privacy policy user-friendly (easy to understand)?

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Does it have parental controls?

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Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?

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Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?

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Does it require you to create a strong password?

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Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?

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Does it have a privacy policy?

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How Can It Snoop?

What sensitive hardware access requirements does it have?

Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?

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Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?

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Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?

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Account Requirements

What information is required to create an account or use it?

Does it require an email address to use?

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Does it require a phone number to use?

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Does it require an address (home or office) to use?

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Payment Options

What payment methods are available?

Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?

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Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?

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Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?

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Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?

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What Could Go Wrong?

What's the worst case scenario for your data?

Not much risk in using this service. Nextcloud uses cookies on their website and collects data from users such as anonymized IP addresses, but any data stored in Nextcloud is on your own personal server if you set it up that way, which means Nextcloud has no way of accessing any information in your cloud.

How Does It Share Your Data?

Where is your data going? Who has access to it?

Nextcloud does not sell, trade or transfer your personal information to third parties unless users are provided with advance notice. However, anonymized data may be provided to third parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Open-source platform.
  • Large amount of flexibility.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Takes some time to set up properly.
  • Backups are the responsibility of the server owner.
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