Things to read on a rainy day

You might have missed some of the following articles, but people working at CloudMe have written a few quite good articles that has been published in different publications during the year. A service like CloudMe have implications for both personal and business life, the choice of service affects the level of privacy and safety your information will enjoy as well as legal compliance with data protection acts in the country you live. This is especially important for residents of the European Union who need to think more than twice if they should use a USA-based or USA-affiliated service. Information that goes in and out of the US will be under surveillance. CloudMe is the cloud alternative for everyone that do not want to be under surveillance or for IT-departments that wants to bring back control over data and ultimately their business.

Entrepreneur.com
How Millennials Are Defining the Sharing Economy

Millennials are the largest generation in U.S. history, making up 83.1 million of the nation’s population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As this group of individuals approaches their prime spending years, they have the ability to significantly alter the buying power of the U.S. economy. Read more…

AberdeenEssentials.com
The Intangible Future and the Rise of the Internet File System

Technology – cloud technology in particular – is slowly replacing the tangible items in our daily life and transforming how we conduct business. Read more…

CMSwire.com
Preventing a Cloud-Fueled Privacy Breakdown

The cloud fuels much of the digital landscape surrounding our work and personal lives. It allows for collaboration across international borders, sharing of information between coworkers, family and friends, and serves as a mobile storage unit for our memories. Read more…

LinkedIn.com
Today’s end of Safe Harbor Act is the dawn of a new era for European cloud services and a wake up call for EU companies using cloud services

You are today officially out of excuses of being plain stupid. Everyone knows that you shouldn’t leave a credit card in public, but in the cloud world people are willingly handing over private information even though they know it is going to be under surveillance by foreign governments – the poor excuse to date has been that the cloud service I use has signed the Safe Harbor Act. Read more…

DataCenterPost.com
What the End of the Safe Harbor Act Means for Companies Using Cloud Services

It’s common knowledge that you shouldn’t leave sensitive data open to the public, but companies are willingly handing over private information in the cloud even though they know it’s going to be under surveillance by foreign governments. A report by Gartner predicts that by the end of 2016 more than 50 percent of Global 1000 companies will have stored customer-sensitive data in the public cloud. Read more…

ReadWrite.com
Why Small Cloud Companies Have An Advantage Right Now

The race is heating up for cloud companies, as some of the largest players battle it out over how much storage they can offer and at what price point. That may seem like a great thing—who wouldn’t want more cloud storage for less?—but the reality is that everything has a cost. In this case, the price may be innovation and sacrifices in the user experience. Read more…

VirtualOfficeResource.com
In the Wake of the Cloud: A 360 Degree View of the Cloud’s Impact

The cloud has vastly changed the workplace environment, from streamlining management operations to improving productivity and collaboration for employees. When looking at business agility, cloud technologies have improved the pace and efficiency at which employees function and have provided a centralized management system for businesses to store company information. Read more…

SaaScribe.com
CloudMe CEO Daniel Arthursson Interview

SaaScribe recently caught up with Daniel Arthursson, CEO of CloudMe, a leading European sync / storage company founded in 2011. Arthursson, a savvy serial Entrepreneur from Sweden, Read more…

Wuala users, Welcome to CloudMe

CloudMe is welcoming all Wuala users to our European service based out of Sweden. Your data will be protected by strong European and Swedish data protection and privacy laws and CloudMe is one of the finest and most extensive cloud sync / storage services. To get you all started we provide you with a 1 year 30% discount for any of our premium accounts that has been subscribed for before September 30th 2015. Please use the coupon code WUALA30 to activate the discount.

Wuala Coupon

What can CloudMe do for you?
Like Wuala, CloudMe lets you backup your devices so your files can be accessed anywhere, sync your files across computers, and share your files with friends.

CloudMe also lets you do more:

  • You and your friends can share with each other or collaborate on projects even if they aren’t CloudMe users
  • Stream music and view videos without taking up space on your mobile device
  • Edit office documents in your browser using Zoho Office applications
  • Mount CloudMe as a network drive on your computer or connect to third party software and mobile apps using our support for WebDav (including Apple Pages, Numbers and Keynote on iPad)
  • Use CloudMe to store files in the cloud that are not synced to any computer (especially convenient in combination with WebDAV) – offload things to CloudMe that you have no space for on your computer
  • Recover any of the unlimited versions of all your files kept for 60 days, at any time you can go back to an older version of a file if needed
  • Be secure in the privacy of your files. CloudMe operates our own data center and owns our own server hardware, which is located in Sweden and protected by European data protection laws.
  • For businesses CloudMe offers VAT exemption invoices throughout EU and outside. For all European companies with a valid VAT number you can also pay with invoice and do not have to use a credit card
  • Business accounts come with a cloud-file server of 1-5 TB that can be used as a joint storage area for all company related data in addition to personal accounts for employees of 100 GB that are included with the business account.
  • The joint cloud file server is a unique feature of CloudMe business accounts that helps companies maintain control of their data instead of having it spread out on multiple employee accounts.

So how do I move from Wuala?
First of all you need to download all your files from Wuala to your hard drive, then install CloudMe Sync on your computer (available for Mac, Windows and Linux). You can now choose to move all your previous Wuala files into the automatically created CloudMe folder, or put your files in whatever folder you like on your computer and add that folder as a sync folder to CloudMe. We will then in the background sync your files to CloudMe using encrypted communication. Any files synced with CloudMe will then be available using any web browser, iPhone, iPad, Android, Samsung SmartTV, WD TV, GoogleTV, Microsoft Storage Server (NAS) or WebDAV. Yes, we have support for more devices than our competition. You can create your free starter account with 3 GB storage space here, but do remember to upgrade to a premium before the end of September to take advantage of the 30% discount.

Give it a spin and see what you think!
Whatever workflow you are used to through Wuala, you can continue and use CloudMe in the same way. Do you want to work with CloudMe as an online hard drive, manage your files through a web browser or mobile apps? No problem, CloudMe does not require you to sync anything to a computer. Do you have computers with little space, but want to have access to all your files and use CloudMe as if it was another hard drive on your computer without having to sync anything? No problem, we have you covered through WebDAV access. Maybe you just want one synced folder across all your devices to put your stuff in? No problem, CloudMe provides you with the CloudMe folder by default. In other words, CloudMe can be tailored to meet your specific needs or as used like a simple Dropbox. It is all up to you to choose the workflow that fits you best.

Welcome!

Daniel Arthursson
CEO and Founder of CloudMe

Organize and manage your bookmarks

We finally got tired and decided to do something about bookmarks, we wanted to make them available on all devices and keep them organized. One of our guiding thoughts was that it should be easy to organize them using Windows, Mac or Linux normal file system or using a web browser. No more organizing using awkward bookmarks management built into browsers. Using our web or mobile apps, a great overview of all bookmarks should also be available with small thumbnails of the web sites.

It seemed like a dream, create bookmarks on a computer and instantly have them available through your iPad, Android tablet or smart phone. Since we decided to use our file system and cloud service these bookmarks would also be possible to share with friends. Although it took us a while to get the user experience right, it finally is ready. So what do you think about the result?


How to start using bookmarks in CloudMe
It is easy to get started with a synced Bookmarks folder across all devices. Just follow these steps:

  1. Download and install CloudMe for your desktop, https://cloudme.com/sync
  2. Create a folder on your desktop or where you want to have your bookmarks, for instance a folder named Bookmarks
  3. Open the CloudMe Sync user interface by right clicking on the CloudMe icon on your taskbar (close to the clock)
  4. Drag and drop the Bookmarks folder to the folders under the Synced-tab, this will add the Bookmarks folder as a sync folder
  5. In the window that pop up, choose to “Add” the folder, then close the CloudMe Sync window
  6. You are now ready to start creating sub-folders and adding bookmarks into your new Bookmarks folder, with Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari or Firefox you can go to any web page and then drag the address field and drop it in your Bookmarks folder, you have now created a new bookmark file
  7. If you are using Google Chrome, you can login to the CloudMe web app and go to your Bookmarks folder, then drag and drop any open tab in Chrome into that folder by start dragging the tab and hover the tab where you are logged in to CloudMe and finally dropping it in the file list
  8. Using your web browser, iPad, Android tablet or smartphone you can now start viewing, organizing and seeing all your bookmarks as thumbnails! Conveniently switch between grid or list view to also see the name of the bookmarks

Sharing recipes with friends
You can set up any of your folders with bookmarks as a shared folder, either for read-only access through a WebShare or for a group of people to jointly add bookmarks to. In the example below the Recipes bookmark folder is shared as a Collaborate folder, allowing all invited friends to also add their own recipe bookmarks.

Follow these steps to share a folder:

  1. Create a new folder or select an existing folder
  2. Right click the folder and choose Share (also available in right side menu)
  3. Choose Collaborate to allow other people to add their recipes and set a password
  4. Invite your friends!

Shared bookmarks are perfect for planning your next vacation with your family or friends, buying new furniture with your spouse, sharing wine tips for your private wine club, creating a list of items to buy online, sharing book recommendations, creating a list of music or movies to see or buy or why not use it to plan your wedding?

Sharing your favourite bookmarks with everyone
All CloudMe users have a public profile page under https://my.cloudme.com/user_name. You can choose to create a specific bookmarks folder like My Favourite Sites and share it with everyone by making the WebShare public. Bookmarks you put in this folder will then be published on your public profile page for everyone to enjoy.

Bookmarks across Mac, Windows and Linux
We have managed to support all common bookmark formats from these operating systems, which means that you can safely add bookmarks to the Bookmarks folder from your Mac, then later from your Windows computer and still view them on your iPad or through our web app on any operating system – it all works seamlessly.

Mixing bookmarks with other files
If you are working on a project, it is perfect to be able to mix documents, PDFs, images and bookmarks with articles and reference material in one folfer. CloudMe also make thumbnails for PDFs and images.

Please note that all web sites will not get a thumbnail. Our provider has a huge catalog of thumbnails, but all web sites are not represented. After a couple of requests for unknown web sites, they will eventually be added.

CloudMe Founder and CEO in interview

CloudMe CEO and Founder Daniel Arthursson talks to SaaScribe on Balkanisation of Internet and Vendor Ecosystems. How has the post Snowden era affected European services? What is the vision of an open ecosystem? Will the cloud become more Europe centric? Read more at SaaScribe…

30% Special Christmas Discount

From all of us to all of you, Merry Christmas from Sweden

Another great year with incredible user growth and great improvements of our service has allowed us to pass 1.1 million users, definitely a year to celebrate and a time to be thankful to all of you who made it possible. The best way to share our joy is to give you all the gift of discounted prices. Use the following coupon to get 30% off our annual subscription prices (click to activate):

If you haven’t checked out CloudMe for a while, this is a great opportunity to explore all of our new amazing functionality and see why CloudMe is the best place for your photos, music and documents. You can also sleep well knowing that your files are securely stored way up in the north of Europe in Sweden.

* The coupon is valid for any purchase before 31st of December 2014 and does not apply to monthly subscription, only annual subscriptions. If you are on a monthly subscription, you can switch over to an annual to take advantage of this offer. Only one coupon may be used at a time.

Statement regarding Inception and Cloud Atlas

Important statement to all CloudMe users

If you have read about the espionage campaign exposed by Blue Coat Labs, that leveraged CloudMe to store stolen data, it does not affect any normal accounts. The trojan is spread through emails and other channels, and is not spread through CloudMe. Once installed it uploads data to accounts the attackers have created in advance. This is similar to any other user uploading data to their own account.

Up to this date is has focused on specific regions and types of people, at top positions like financing industry, diplomats and military.

Article from Forbes: Digital Spies Target Diplomats iPhones, Androids And PCs With Inception Malware

Read the entire article from Blue Coat Labs here: Blue Coat exposes Inception Framework 

As a CloudMe user this means that you have nothing to worry about, your account is safe. CloudMe is also actively monitoring accounts used by the people behind Inception and permanently deleting such accounts, since they are violating our terms of service. The reason we remove these accounts are to help affected people and do what we can to fight crime.

Your CloudMe Team

Notified and updated while on the move!

Are you using the CloudMe app in your smartphone? Here´s the next great thing!

From now on you will be notified if any of your favorite WebShares are being updated with new material.

And when you have been notified just go in to the app and the favorites tab and let yourself be guided right in to the specific folder.

No more wondering if you have received the latest files.

You are notified and updated wherever you are!

 

 

 

Just deleted the wrong file? No problem

Every now and then we tend to make mistakes and we realise that the specific file or folder we wanted to view was deleted some time ago. That is no longer a problem. In CloudMe Web Access you can restore files and folders that have been deleted within the last 30 days. Just click on the trashcan in the upper bar.

Now the deleted files and folders appear on your screen. To restore just click on the specific file or folder and then select restore in the right menu.

And then you are done!

File sharing made even easier!

Sometimes you just want to share your files with friends. Other times you want to interact with your friends having them sending files back to you as well, adding content together with you. At some point you might  want to collaborate with others on a set of files. Now we have introduced an improved sharing service, giving you an easy way to decide how to share your files or folders.

1. Choose your folder to share

Just choose any file or folder in your account and then go down to the right corner and choose how you want to share it. If you just want to get a link to you webshare you can click on the green icon to the right.

 

2. Select your type of WebShare

After you have clicked on any of the share buttons a pop up window appears. Here you select if you want to let your friends just view your files or if you want them to interact with you. If you want your friends to be able to interact and upload their own files you will also be asked to choose a password. Now everything is set for you to share your file or folder!