Today you will determine how many backup sources you feel comfortable with moving forward.
We recommend a minimum of 3 back-up sources. For example:
- The print photo OR a digital version on your computer hard drive
- An off-site external drive (that you update/add to at scheduled intervals)
- Secure cloud storage (FOREVER)
If you don’t have an external drive that you can use exclusively for this purpose, pick one up today. Be sure it’s big enough to hold all the photos and other digital media you have now and expect to take in the future (1TB or more recommended).
Today, you’ll also want to decide which cloud storage option you will use for storing your digital photos.
As we’ve mentioned earlier in Boot Camp, we exclusively recommend FOREVER for cloud backups and digital photo management.
- It’s the ONLY photo cloud service on the market that does not engage in data mining.
- It’s the ONLY photo cloud service that GUARANTEES your photos will be available to your beneficiaries after your death
- FOREVER charges a one-time fee as opposed to a monthly fee
- FOREVER service includes automatic file format migration, meaning that in the future when file formats change, your media will be converted to the new technology format without any additional charge.
P.S. You may be asking, if you have a cloud backup, why would you need an external hard drive. We recommend this for peace of mind, just in case somebody breaks the internet 😉. It’s kind of like insurance, you never expect to or want to use it, but you’re glad you have it!