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Protecting Your Family's Memories

Updated: Nov 11, 2021

Imagine if you lost your phone.


I'm sure it will never happen to you, but sadly it happens all the time. People accidentally leave their phones on planes, in Ubers, at restaurants, drop them in water, leave them on top of their car right before they pull out of the driveway ... there are a thousand different scenarios that have happened leaving people in absolute panic.


Lucky for us, cell phones can be replaced!


Unfortunately, pictures cannot.


And how would you feel if you lost every picture on your phone in the blink of an eye?


Backing up your favorite memories is well worth the little bit of time it takes so you never lose all those moments you've captured! You can back up your pictures on a hard drive, in the cloud or both! And if you're unsure where to start, here are a few pros and cons of each:

HARD DRIVE PROS

  • doesn't require an internet connection

  • can be much faster than backing up to the cloud

  • pictures are not at risk to digital threats

  • your pictures remain in your possession

CONS

  • you need to physically have your hard drive and phone to transfer pictures (For example, you can't back up until you get home if you're on vacation)

  • if the hard drive fails, you could lose all of your pictures

  • unless the hard drive is in a fireproof safe, it could still be at physical risk to loss or damage

  • can be costly $50-$350

HOW TO

  • This process isn't one-size-fits-all. It depends on which phone, computer and hard drive you have. Ultimately, you will plug your phone into your computer, choose your hard drive in your storage options and upload your pictures. I would recommend you find a YouTube video (there is literally one for anything you can think of) for your specific devices.

THE CLOUD PROS

  • can backup pics anytime as long as you have an internet connection

  • access your pictures from any device, anywhere, anytime

  • many FREE options with companies such as Google, Apple, iCloud & Dropbox

  • can automate your backup so you don't even have to think about it

  • pictures are safe from physical threats (broken/lost phone, flood, fire)

CONS

  • if you're not digitally savvy, this could be intimidating (but that's where I can help you!)

  • pictures can be at risk to digital threats (however, cloud companies have come a LONG way with security)

HOW TO

  • Research which cloud service works best for you (I highly recommend Google Photos) and get started!

  • Starting September 1st, you can take our online "Digital Picture Bootcamp" class that will walk you step-by-step through the process of setting up Google Photos to back up every picture you have and every picture you will take in the future!


HARD DRIVE & THE CLOUD

Backing your pictures up on a hard drive AND in the cloud gives you the best insurance for protecting your pictures. I highly recommend this option!


Not every option appeals to everyone, but pick what works for you and get it done! I know too many people who have lost years' worth of pictures and can't ever get them back! Pictures are so important in documenting our lives, telling our stories and sharing memories with future generations and you'd kick yourself if you didn't protect them!



COMING SOON!

You can take our online class, "Digital Picture Bootcamp" starting September 1st!


This online class will walk you step-by-step through:

  • Setting up Google Photos

  • Syncing ALL the digital pictures from your phone into this cloud platform

  • Organizing your digital pictures into albums

  • How to clean up and declutter your pictures

  • Set up multiple tools in Google Photos that offer automation so you don't have to even think about organizing in the future!

I hope you're having a safe and healthy end of summer!


As always, please let me know if I can help you in any way on your picture journey!


All the best,

Melissa

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