5 Tips for Backing Up Your Digital Photos in the Cloud

Many cloud computing storage processors were custom built just for the sole purpose of storing digital photos. The old days of keeping your files on multiple hard drives is over. Moreover, hard drives are unreliable and can break down. The cloud is by far the safest way to store photos and the easiest way, which is a huge boon for photographers who have multiple terabytes (about a 1000 gigabytes) of images that need to be stored safely and soundly. Yet, there are a few things to consider before you start the backup process. Here are 5 tips for backing up your digital photos in the cloud.

  1. Make sure that all the files are properly labeled and in their prospective files. If you are dealing with thousands of images it can be pretty hard to keep track of all the images and search for them when you need to access them if they do not have their proper names. It is recommended to keep the file name short with a quick word and a date/year combination. If you do search for the name and the name of the file is separated by brackets or underscores it can be incredibly hard to find – so make sure to separate words and characters.
  2. Always color code. There is nothing more frustrating than looking at a bunch of files and not knowing which ones are more important than the others. If you are a professional photographer and need to separate photographs that have been edited and images that have not, you could choose two alternate colors that connote the fact. It is important, though, to be sure to remember which colors are which to maintain consisting and reduce even more frustration.
  3. Choose a cloud storage software that doesn’t have a maximum limit of photos. If you are a professional photographer or a parent who has innumerable photos of their newborn baby, you could risk paying a lot of money for cloud storage if you have too many photos. Make sure that you read through the policies first before you sign up to make sure that there are no maximums or service fees. If you want to be a little savvier, look for an open source cloud storage platform, which is vastly more affordable.
  4. Next, look for a cloud storage platform that is tailor made for photos. You can either find anĀ online photo album book or some kind of photo storage service that is a more custom made for professional photographers.
  5. Lastly, make sure that your photos are secure. Always choose a password that includes multiple symbols and numbers to reduce the risk of a security breach. These days it is more than just hackers trying to get into personal accounts. There are actual program created by hackers to get into multiple accounts at once go anything from spam to private financial information. If your account has been breached it is recommended to change your password. It might even be wise to change your password a couple times a month so that it never happens in the first place.

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