It’s time to declutter your digital life

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We live in a time where we are bombarded with experience and we want to remember it all but there’s only so much that our brains can store.

So, we resort to storing our memories in digital format. Pictures, videos, social media posts, all stored in bits of data. Compound that with the fact that most of us have multiple phones with multiple cloud subscriptions, do you know where all your pictures, videos and other files are? Are they secure and in order, or are they scattered like stars in the vast empty void that is the universe?

Like the universe how do even begin to organise all your information and data? What happens if it’s lost? Are you ready to lose that precious picture of your children or your loved one?

This 2019, it’s time to take control of your data, it’s time to start with a new resolution: to completely declutter your digital life.

Keep your memories safe

You probably have a couple of hard drives and memory cards lying around at home. While external hard drives are affordable, there’s always the risk of damage and theft, especially if you carry it with you wherever you go. Imagine all your photos, videos and personal work gone with that single hard drive. Scary thought, isn’t it?

There’s also cloud storage which is super convenient, but there’s always a concern about privacy. And sometimes, you can’t be sure if you can keep your memories there forever. 

Having a Network Attached Storage (NAS) with two hard drives and cloud features can offer greater peace of mind. It’s still a physical storage which you can keep at home and everything is duplicated on the extra hard drive.

Get what you need anytime and anywhere

Unless you have great organising skills, storing your photos can get very messy. It’s very easy to dump your files and forget about it. But when you’re looking for photos for a particular trip, it can be a nightmare to dig through different folders and various online photo storage.

If you have a NAS, keeping your photos and videos can be made easier especially if it has facial and object recognition. Just dump your memories in and it will auto categorise them for you. Similar to cloud photo storage solutions like Google Photos, you can search by face (if identified correctly), date, themes or even by location. Imagine being able to access everything from your smartphone and you can get what you want, whenever you want it.

To make it even easier, you can configure your smartphone to backup all photos and videos to the NAS during off hours. If you lose your phone, you can be assured that the NAS has your back. The best part about having a NAS is that there’s no monthly subscription cost and you can save everything in its original resolution. Whether it is photos, videos or even music, you can stream it from anywhere and it’s smart enough to optimise the quality for a seamless experience even when your mobile connection is poor

Safe and secure

By having a NAS, you won’t have to worry about data leaks as your memories are stored securely in your home or office. With a private cloud storage solution, you are always in control. You can even allocate storage for your family members and each of them will get their own personal login. You can share your photos to your friends via a link or keep certain albums private for your family members only.  

Easy to set up and to expand

Setting up your NAS for the cloud is now easier than ever. Gone are the days where you’ll need to configure your router’s port forwarding settings. Just plug in the power and LAN cable, then continue the setup via the web browser. You can also manage your storage from the smartphone so you have total control even while travelling overseas.

Increasing storage on a personal NAS is also more cost effective. Just swap the drives for higher capacity instead of paying more for a monthly cloud subscription.

Time to declutter with Synology

If you’re looking for a NAS that’s robust and versatile for your digital lifestyle, Synology offers a variety of solutions to fulfil your storage needs. With the Synology DS218+ as pictured above, you can put in two hard drives to create your personal cloud storage. It has AES 256-bit encryption and you can configure it to send a one-time password (OTP) to your mobile phone to keep your memories safe.

Setting up a Synology NAS with cloud functionality is a breeze thanks to its QuickConnect feature. There’s no complicated network setup and you get a personalised web address to access all of your files across the internet without any subscription fee required. Synology offers more than just a NAS as it offers a variety of apps to keep you work or media files organised better.

With a USB 3.0 port in front, you can copy files from your flash drive or camera instantly without requiring a PC. The Synology DS218+ gives you the convenience of a cloud with the assurance of a physical storage.

For more info, visit Synology’s website for more details.