I am not a klutz, I promise. I regularly took backups of my pictures and videos on my SD cards and Hard disk drives. I patted myself on the back and was certain that I will never lose a picture. And yet, I have lost and learned, and how! If you are also doing what I did and think you are covered, think again! SD cards become corrupt more frequently than you would like to believe, and Hard disk drives are not fault-proof either. Plus, be honest with me – aren’t you a tiny bit tired of buying HD drives, only to carry them around everywhere, care for them like your infant and still end up misplacing them, God knows where. Not only have you lost the memories, you end up being worried about the security of those photos. So what would you do? Enter Online Photo Storage in what the trendy call the ‘Cloud’.
Here’s what I learnt on the subject:
- Set your mobile phones and laptops to automatically backup your pictures to an online storage drive (Google Drive, for example)
- Most of these online accounts have limited storage. If your consumption is high, you can consider buying online storage space. It is much cheaper than Hard disks and are more reliable. Prices are as low as Rs 55 per month.
- Which online storage should you choose? Well , depends on your device really. If you are an Apple user, iCloud works best. It syncs automatically with all your devices and you do not have any configuring to do. For android users, Gdrive storage is a good option. For Windows users (God help you!), One Drive is coming up really well. Dropbox is compatible with all, and if you have a combination of devices, this would be the ideal choice. To read more: http://www.cnet.com/how-to/onedrive-dropbox-google-drive-and-box-which-cloud-storage-service-is-right-for-you Also read a review of Onedrive here.
- You can also upload your pictures to Facebook and change the privacy settings accordingly if you do not want anyone else to access the pictures. Please note, though, that FB compresses your pictures automatically, leaving your stash at a much lower visual quality than the original pic.
A note for those who are not comfortable placing pictures in online storage, trust me, if you take appropriate precautions like having a strong password and changing passwords frequently, online storage is still much safer than a stolen phone or hard-drive!
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