I’m going to snip portions of AJ777’s latest post in order to reply and not create a wall of text. My comments are under the bolded/italicized sections as a reply.
_ “Yes, I turned off the Twonky server today as a matter of fact. It is an absolutely ridiculous excuse of a media server anyway. I cannot pause, fast forward, rewind any of my media, nothing, on any device. I absolutely cannot believe that WD would have chosen to put such a garbage app into their premier storage device.” _
Not sure why you cannot rewind, pause, or fast forward. Could be a problem with your DLNA client or the media encoding. I have had no problems; pausing, rewinding, fast forwarding all of my video and audio files using several DNLA clients; on Windows PC’s, Roku devices, and Android devices.
"If I put my media in a non-public folder then none of my devices can play my media except for my laptop that my alternate media server resides on because of password/security authentication. How do I get around this?"
Its simple, simply activate Media Sharing on the Private Share. Once activated the Twonky Media Server will scan the Private Share contents and any supported media content will be available for streaming to DLNA clients. See the following WD Support document for more information on how to setup and configure a Private Share: How to create a Public or Private Share on a WD My Cloud, Mirror, EX2, or EX4 drive
"Yes, of course the router is passing all communication. That is its purpose, but WD needs to establish a simple setting that blocks access outside the network to the Public folder unless an authenticated remote access device is accessing it. I would venture to say that 99% of all users do not want their Public folders accessed by everyone on the internet 24/7 which is WD’s currrent design. Additonally, it is not the router’s job to secure the data that I have stored in my WD device. It is the WD device’s job."
First it is your router’s job to stop/block ALL inbound traffic to your network and only let that though which has been requested. As previously explained using SSH to change folder permissions, or through a bug in the WD My Cloud Dashboard one CAN disable public access to the Public Share folder and configure access to it by individual User. Supposedly it is Twonky that utilizes these public folders.
_ “As I stated, media cannot be streamed to media devices via password protected/private/secure folders, but I do not want the entire flipping world to have access to it without my permission.” _
As indicated above this is not the case. Private Share folders can have media streamed from it. Turn on Media Sharing for the Private Share folder.
_ “WD’s currrent design is the Public folder is wide open 24/7 and there is nothing we can do about it. Others have been ranting about this on this forum for years. It seems like the folder could be very easily blocked from outside the local network. It could be as simple as only giving access to my particular devices and my remote access devices. There it is, very simple solution and problem fixed. Why WD is incapable of determining such simple solutions astounds me.” _
On this there is much agreement. WD’s implementation or lack their of when it comes to granular control over folders both public and private (including sub folders) is abysmal. One shouldn’t have to resort to using SSH or a bug in the Dashboard interface to have granular control but one does. It is one of the major drawbacks to this device. The WD My Cloud is what it is. But I assume WD decided it was better to dumb the WD My Cloud Dashboard down to appeal to the masses and make the device as simple as possible ot use by those with very little computing knowledge. Currently the solution is to keep all files out of the Public Share folder and remove any files users may upload to it.
Just some additional comments. I’m a bit confused by the initial complain about the “WD My Cloud Public Folder hacked”. Making such a claim would imply that someone gained access to your local network to put files on the WD My Cloud. If those files were not put there through the remote access feature of the WD My Cloud then someone has access to your local network through your WiFi or has gained access to the wired Ethernet, both are unrelated to the WD My Cloud. It appears by claiming the Public Folder was “hacked” the discussion has drifted from what your real problem is with the WD My Cloud. Ability to restrict control access to the Public Share folder. By claiming the folder was “hacked” is what lead to discussions on how to prevent remote access at the router level to the WD My Cloud or the local network.
From the looks of it, the WD My Cloud is operating as designed on your local network but you are upset or not satisfied with not having more control over the device than is, easily, available. That is a valid complaint, but one that doesn’t have anything to do with the public folder being hacked. Like it or not the WD My Cloud is what it is. There are ways to use SSH or the bug in the Dashboard to close down access to the Public Share folder. But out of the box the Public Share folder is open to all on your local network.