Best Photo Backup Service

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“I’m wondering about the best way to back up photos, especially when you have older computers.”

 

What cloud product should you trust to keep your photos safe? When choosing a cloud service you need to consider: file restrictions, cost, compatibility and reputation- reliability, security & speed. Weighing all of these factors, you can find the solution for your specific needs.
Below are some rock solid cloud options. After checking out the specifics, if you are still wondering what service to pick, sign up for my newsletter and I will send you a FREE custom recommendation based on your needs!

 

Google Photos Dropbox Amazon Photo iCloud
Maximum file size 5GB 10GB (website) or unlimited with app 2GB (website) or unlimited with app 15GB
Free storage Unlimited photos <16 megapixels

15GB >16 megapixels

2GB No*

*included in Prime

5GB for iOS users

1GB non iOS users

Paid Plans $2/month 100GB

$10/month 1TB

$10/month 1TB

$99/ year

$60/year unlimited

included in Prime

50GB: $0.99

200GB: $2.99

1TB: $9.99

2TB: $19.99

OS supported Windows, Mac, Android, iOS Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Kindle Fire Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Kindle Fire Windows, Mac, iOS
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IMPORTANT NOTE:

What is the difference between “sync” and “backup”?

 

Sync:
The saved photo will change across all platforms (phone, tablet, computer) based on your changes to the photo.

For example, you take a photo of Fido with your phone. After the file completes syncing, you open the photo from your phone to share and notice that Fido has red eye. So you edit the photo to remove the red eye. You accidentally remove Fido’s nose in the edit, but save the photo anyway. When the file syncs, Fido has no nose on any platform- phone, tablet, and laptop.

 

Lucky for you and Fido, most syncing services allow you to roll back your changes.

 

Backup:
An extra copy of your original photo exists on the cloud.

For example, in the same scenario above you could edit the photo on your phone and there would still be a copy of the original backed up photo on the cloud service.

 

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who’s on your wi-fi?

Did you know if your Wi-Fi is not secure, every computer attached to your Wi-Fi is also at risk from unauthorized use, viruses and spyware?  Here are my recommendations for increasing your Wi-Fi security.

1.) Change your router’s default password: if you do not change the default password on your router, anyone with access to your Wi-Fi can login to your router. From here, they can kick you off of the internet at will and or monitor everything you do while connected to your Wi-Fi.

2.) Enable Encryption: most routers come with the encryption option disabled by default. Enable WPA2 and pick a secure password. WPA2 is preferred over the less secure WEP encryption.

3.) Enable Firewall: some routers have the software firewall disabled by default. The firewall is an added layer of security. It is like the building “doorman” to your Wi-Fi, choosing who to let in or not.

4.) Change the default network name and turn off network name (SSID) broadcasting: a non-broadcasting SSID makes for a more secure network. It doesn’t make your network invisible to would be hackers, but it does turn off the alert notifying everyone with a Wi-Fi receiver that your network is there.

 

Check the manufactures’ website for your specific router for detailed instructions. Here are the addresses for several manufacturers:

Apple Airport:  support.apple.com/manuals/#airport

Belkin:  en-us-support.belkin.com/app/product/list/q/routers/

D-Link:  www.dlink.com/support/

Linksys:  www.linksys.com/us/support/

NETGEAR:  www.netgear.com/support/