Why Mylio Users Were Immune to Friday’s Great Internet Meltdown

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Current thinking is that Friday’s waves of massive, distributed denial-of-service attack which temporarily took down Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, Airbnb, Reddit, Etsy, SoundCloud, and The New York Times was made possible by hundreds of thousands of internet-connected devices like baby monitors and thermostats that had been infected with malware, then turned into a zombie army.  “The situation,” according to a piece posted by WIRED during the episode, “is a definite reminder of the fragility of the web, and the power of the forces that aim to disrupt it.”

Google and Apple Photos users who lost internet connections due to the attack also lost access to their files on the Cloud. Most Mylio users, however, were immune to the attack. Why?

Because the attack focused on internet infrastructure, and Mylio is built, by default, to work without the internet. Instead, Mylio works both offline and peer-to-peer, transferring and copying files between devices over your local, secure WiFi network – without ever touching an external Cloud server. That means the entire internet could go down, and your files and workflow could go on, unaffected.

Cloud services? Not so much.


“The number and types of attacks, the duration of attacks and the complexity of these attacks are all on the rise.”

–Kyle York, Dyn Chief Strategist as reported by The New York Times (once it was back online)

Given this current landscape, it just makes sense to protect some of your most precious things – your digital memories – with a solution that doesn’t place all its bets on the internet.