Go NAS for Amped-Up Security

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In the virtual world, potential danger lurks behind every URL. And that’s nothing compared to the dangers of the real world. The right equipment can protect you from both.

You can find safety in both worlds with networked attached storage (NAS). The right NAS device can protect your privacy on the Internet and in your home.

With networked-attached storage, you can connect hard drives and SSDs directly to your network, without going through a computer. The files on those drives are always available for people with the right to access them.

To keep your data and your family safe, you need a versatile NAS with built-in encryption and protection, support for a wide range of security cameras, and remote tools that let you check your home when you’re out of town. QNAP’s HS-210 makes all of those qualifications, thanks largely to its QTS 4.1 operating system and its Surveillance Station Pro tool.

Here are some ways you can protect yourself with a good NAS.

Keep your cloud to yourself

We all use Dropbox, iCloud, or similar services to make our files easily accessible anywhere in the world. But doing so also makes those files accessible to hackers and the US Government.

A private cloud, such as QNAP’s myQNAPcloud service, gives you complete access control. Your files aren’t stored on some server thousands of miles away; they’re stored in your home. But you can still access them from anywhere with an Internet connection.

For added protection, use a virtual private network (VPN) to make sure that no one can eavesdrop on your data flow. A well-made NAS device will natively support a VPN. QNAP’s myQNAPcloud supports two: PPTP and OpenVPN.

Stop virtual malicious intruders

Of course you’re already running an antivirus program on your computer. If you’re smart, you’re also running one on your Android phone. Adding another to your NAS will provide additional protection.

It’s unlikely that a NAS operating system, most of which are based on Linux, will get infected with a virus or Trojan designed for Windows. But if unprotected, they can still carry the malware and spread it to every PC in your home. For that reason, it’s best to seek out a NAS with its own malware protection. All QNAP NAS systems come with an integrated antivirus toolkit based on the well-respected ClamAV engine, detecting the latest viruses, malware, worms, and Trojan horses.

And block real-world intruders as well

What’s scarier than someone infecting your hard drive or stealing your identity? Someone breaking into your home.

Surveillance cameras offer considerable comfort and protection, warning you of a break-in and providing evidence for the police. Today’s inexpensive, Internet-connected cameras make security more affordable than ever before. But you need more than cameras; you need a central hub that records what’s going on, and lets you view what’s happening now and what was happening last week.

If you want to set up a safe home, and a NAS device, check out the QNAP HS-210 NAS, and especially the HS-210’s Surveillance Station Pro feature. To keep your home well covered, it can manage up to 128 cameras (out of over 1,000 supported models) and display video from up to 16 of them at once.

You can set it up to start recording when a camera detects motion. An E-map function allows you to keep track of the various cameras’ locations. And when you’re not home, you can check what’s going on over a browser or a smartphone app.

A good NAS device can provide more than convenient, house-wide access to all of your music and videos. It can protect you, your identity, and your children’s safety.

This story, "Go NAS for Amped-Up Security" was originally published by BrandPost.