Wh@t the Tech!?!?

Back up or Shut up!!!!

2017 was full of wonderful, joyful occasions. Personally, I took a lot of photos and videos. If you are like me, you will cherish your own photos and videos for years to come. Now allow me to burst your bubble for a moment and pose this question: DO YOU HAVE A BACKUP OF YOUR DATA? Your answer might be, of course Jon, I do! I know your famous saying, “You got to back it up to get it back”.

DO YOU HAVE A BACKUP OF YOUR DATA?

If that is the case, allow me to applaud you for that. While 2017 was joyful and wonderful, we also saw a crazy amount of destruction in the world – from hurricanes hitting Houston and Florida and wild res destroying California homes to earthquakes in Mexico and missiles launching in Asia. So, backing up to a local hard drive is not enough. You never know where the next natural disaster is going to hit. Because of this, you also need to set up a cloud backup solution. While I know it’s a downer to think about the negatives, it’s life; it’s why we have a car and home insurance – a just in case.

You never know where the next natural disaster is going to hit. Because of this, you also need to set up a cloud backup solution.

I hope I have convinced you of the following: Having a backup is important, using a hard drive as a backup is not enough, you need a cloud solution, AND ‘What the TECH?’ is the best article you read this month ;).

A few of my favorite cloud backup solutions for complete backups are BackBlaze backblaze.com, Carbonite carbonite.com and SugarSync sugarsync.com.

Another option is to use a sync service such as Dropbox dropbox.com or Box box.com. These services allow you to sync certain les and folders rather than doing a complete backup.

Think of it this way: using a complete backup solution will bring back all your settings, files and software as it was before.

Since the pricing of all of these is similar, approximately $120-150 per year, I recommend a complete backup solution and hope you never have to use it.

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