Thursday, June 06, 2013

7 creative backup tools for photos, texts, emails, files and more

The more you work and play online, the more you need to be thinking about backup. Here are seven simple tools to help you create new backup systems or just think them through:
  1. Photos: With 1TB of storage space for your photos, Flickr gives you 200 times more storage space than either Dropbox or Google Drive. Yes, you heard me right. Here's how to use Flickr as a photo storage backup service. 
  2. Texts: Yes, you can back up texts. Here's a smart roundup of apps to help you back up text messages.
  3. Evernote: I don't know about you, but I've got a treasure trove in my Evernote notebooks. Check out these tips for backing up your Evernote notebooks.
  4. Audio interviews: In how to take advantage of IFTTT for reporting, you'll learn how to easily create a backup for your MP3 recordings of phone interviews.
  5. Video: Now YouTube lets you download the original video you uploaded, using Google Takeout. That means, in effect, it can serve as a backup for your videos in their original formats.
  6. Music: If you're still using iTunes and thinking about moving all that music to the cloud, read I just deleted all my music on the NPR blog All Songs Considered, about making the leap to cloud backup.
  7. Email: If you're a business customer of Google, you can more easily archive and search emails permanently--say, when you need to go through a legal discovery process--using Google Apps Vault.
Share your cool backup tools in the comments.

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