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Moving Your Technology: Backup Before You Unplug

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Backing up your files is like the flossing of the Internet world. You probably don’t do it as regularly as experts recommend.

You also probably think that losing all your information won’t happen to you. But your computer could not only crash and lose your documents, it could also be susceptible to malware attacks that end up damaging your files and photos.

So before you move, do yourself a favor and back up your files. You don’t want to be crying on the floor of your new house because you have zero evidence of your son’s third birthday party. Here are the easiest ways to back up your information and keep yourself from losing the most important documents of your life.

External hard drives are your friends

Investing in an external hard drive is one of the easiest ways to back up your files. Just plug it in to your laptop or PC and transfer your files onto the hard drive. After you’re settled in to your new house, you can set a reminder for a monthly backup. Once it’s done, your files are completely offline, so you won’t have to worry about malware attacks or file corruption.

In the Cloud

Backing your files up to the Cloud is a great way to ensure the safety of your online world as you hurtle across the country to a new life. A few options for Cloud back up include: DropBox, OneDrive, IDrive and Google Drive. All of these have free storage options and a payment plan if you want or need more storage space and safety features.

Photo Storage

Backing up your photos is one of the most important things you can take care of before you move.

Dropbox or an external hard drive are fine, but if you ask your iPhone nicely, it will back up your photos to iCloud as well. And if you sweet talk your Android phone, it backs them up to Google Drive without you having to think twice.

Google Photos

Google photos not only gives you free storage, but it’s also unlimited. It’s like hitting the Jackpot! Plus, it has fun features like photo collage creations and panoramas. You can sync your photos with both iOS and Android devices

Amazon Prime Photo Storage

If you already have Amazon Prime, you’re in luck. All you have to do is download the Amazon Photos Cloud Drive app and start uploading your photos and videos. This storage option also lets you choose whether you want your photos to upload when your phone is charging or when you have cellular data.

Social Media

Most of us don’t think about backing up our social media since what are the chances a big corporation will lose all your data? Well, if these are the things that keep you up at night you can rest easy knowing that both Facebook and Twitter have back up options.

Facebook

All you have to do is go to your “General Account Settings” and click on the link at the bottom of the page that says “Download a copy of your Facebook data.” Facebook will then create an archive with all you’ve ever posted and will send you an email with a link to access it when it’s done.

Twitter

Twitter makes things pretty simple for you too. Just go to your account settings and click “Request your archive.” Everything you’ve ever tweeted will then be sent to you for posterity’s sake. It’s mostly great for those not running for political office or prone to drunk tweeting.

Basically, if you think there is something in your online life that would be pretty detrimental if you lost it, back it up. Barring a zombie apocalypse, you’re going to want your photos, Facebook and financial documents on hand.


Sources:

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/software/how-back-up-your-pc-laptop-phone-tablet-photos-files-3356160/

http://www.wired.com/2015/09/smartphone-photo-cloud-backup/

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/software/how-back-up-your-pc-laptop-phone-tablet-photos-files-3356160/

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2363057,00.asp

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