I wanted to bring to your attention a couple of services that I think are vital these days to help protect your data and make life easier. These three services each have free or paid options so the choice will depend on your needs but I highly recommend them.
DROPBOX – https://www.dropbox.com/
Dropbox offers up to 2gigabytes of free storage of files and up to 100gig paid service. I reckon, that the basic service would be more than enough for most people to store all their important documents and data files. It’s not enough for a lot of images (see Flickr) but for everything else, it works perfectly, storing your data up in the cloud where you can access it from any computer with internet access. In the event that your computer hard drive fails, and it will, all your important documents are still safe.
EVERNOTE – http://evernote.com/
Evernote has been a revolution in my business. I save all sorts of information about all sorts if things in it and I can access it on any computer, my iPhone and my iPad any time I need to. I use this program every day, it is a part of my life (sad, I know) but without it I would have reams of paper with notes that are all too hard to find. You can store photos or record audio, write details, capture info from web sites – so many ways to use it to store information – I love it!
Here’s a tip and a good reason to get Evernote – Websites are being hacked more and more (I’ve heard of 3 in the last week) so you need to do several things. Be sure to have your site setup backed up and as a precaution, save the text from each page as a note in Evernote. You can never have too many backups.
FLICKR – http://www.flickr.com/
I’ve looked at a few online storage facilities for my personal photos, and I like Flickr, it’s easy to use and for a measly $25/year I can upload as many files as I like as often as I want and those files can be up to 20megabytes each. Now, to be clear – I don’t use this for your artwork. The main reason is that the files of your images are hundreds of times too large and any company offering online storage of big files like these charges a fortune! Flickr also allows you to share your photos with others via Facebook and all those other social media things! I personally believe this is a really important service to use. If you are like most people, you have a bunch of photo albums, or a big box full of loose photos that you occasionally dig through. These are treasured memories (sorry for the cliche but it’s true) that you would hate to lose. Imagine a fire guts your house tomorrow – they would all be gone. We saw so many photos destroyed in the flood it was very upsetting for us, let alone those who owned the photos! Save your photos online as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.