Apple Server app or iCloud?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by cavi, Jul 12, 2016.

  1. cavi macrumors regular

    cavi

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    hello everyone,
    I just wonder if there is any advantage to use iCloud instead of Apple's server app.
    When it comes to file sharing I do understand that Apple server is better, but is Server is better when it comes to indevedual user?
     
  2. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

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    What is "Apple's server app"? Link?
     
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  4. Rigby macrumors 601

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    What service in particular are you planning to use?

    One thing to consider is that running a server with open ports on the Internet is always a security risk. So, depending on how sensitive the information on the server is, some experience configuring firewalls and perhaps an IDS might be recommendable (besides the obvious things like keeping the server software always updated etc.). Leaving it to the professionals is often a better idea from that perspective.
     
  5. cavi thread starter macrumors regular

    cavi

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    Thanks for your comment!
    can you please write more about the security issues? I opened some ports in order to use some of Server's capabilities` how can I make it safer? the firewall on the server is working (I excluded the Server app) and the firewall on my router is turned off. Should I turn it on?

    Thanks! =]
     
  6. Rigby, Jul 13, 2016
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    Rigby macrumors 601

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    Opening up a port is always a risk. You're basically punching a hole through the firewall. If the service listening on the port has a vulnerability, it could be used to hack into the server, and from there potentially to other machines on your network. Usually it's highly recommendable to put the server in a DMZ (a separate network that is isolated from your local network). You should also turn off all services on the server that you don't need to access remotely, particularly admin web interfaces. If you have a high risk of targeted attacks, you might also consider running an IDS (intrusion detection system), but this can get rather complex.

    These are not just theoretical risks. The Internet is a very noisy place these days. If you monitor the traffic arriving at your router, you will probably see port scans every few seconds ...
    It really depends on your setup, but broadly speaking turning off the firewall on the router is a bad idea since it potentially leaves all your other machines vulnerable.

    This is a complex topic that cannot be answered in a few forum posts. If you don't know what the above means, I'd recommend to use a cloud service instead of your own server if the information you are storing is in any way sensitive.
     
  7. cavi thread starter macrumors regular

    cavi

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    Thanks a lot Rigby!
    I'll contact a local IT service in order to make everything safer.
    Thanks again =]
     

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