Backing up your photos? Try the Cloud

Backing up your photos? Try the Cloud

If you’re over a certain age, I’m willing to bet cash that you have one or more boxes of photos in your house.

That’s how we backed up our photos back in the day, right? Keep them in a box in the closet.

Well, the really organised people used albums, but even album ­people have a box of duplicates and outtakes in the back of their closets.

Now we have to find excuses to actually print pictures since today’s pictures likely live their entire lives digitally.

Digital photos are a big responsibility. I know I can go into my ­parent’s house and put my hands on their old photos in less than five minutes.

In 20 or 30 years, if your kids come over, where will they find your old digital photos?

We talked recently about backing up your computer’s hard drive. Today we will explore online photo backup services.

The backup integrity is only as strong as the company that owns the service. You need to pick a backup service that will be around in 50 or 100 years.

Storing your photos with a ­company like Apple, Google or Amazon is a pretty safe bet.

Most everyone takes pictures with their smartphones. I’d bet for most of us, our phone is our main camera.

Both Apple and Android (Google) offer online photo storage to back up your photos.

iPhone users get 5GB of free ­storage when they sign up for an iCloud account. That storage can be used to back up photos from any iOS device or any photos uploaded from your computer.

Extra storage can be purchased. Bumping that storage to 50GB costs RM3.90 per month; 200GB costs RM11.90 per month and 2TB terabytes costs RM39.90 per month. The largest two plans can be shared if you have family sharing set up.

Google allows unlimited storage for Android users if they are ­willing to allow Google to downsize their largest photos.

If users want to store their ­images at their original resolution, they’ll get the first 15GB for free, but if they have more to store, they’ll have to pay. A 100GB plan costs RM8.49 per month, while 1TB costs RM42.99 per month.

Both Apple and Google offer apps to help upload images from all your devices.

The price for Amazon, on the other hand, starts at US$11.99 (RM48) per year for 100GB.

Amazon has apps for iOS and Android devices. Windows and Mac users can use the Amazon Desktop App to upload their ­photos.

Of course, anything you do to back up your photos is better than nothing. Backing up your hard drive or even copying the photos folder in your home directory to a flash drive and storing it somewhere safe is a good start. — The Dallas Morning News/Tribune News Service


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