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5 Tips for Storing and Sharing Photos in the Cloud


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Automation Nation
Dropbox is one of several services that automatically back up your newest images to online storage, thus eliminating the need to manually upload files.
Dropbox is one of several services that automatically back up your newest images to online storage, thus eliminating the need to manually upload files.
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So you finally decided to pony up for a paid cloud service. You have virtually unlimited storage capacity, easy sharing options and more fun features that you could ever dream of using. Then the almost-unthinkable happens: Your house is flattened by a hurricane, flinging your computer over the horizon. Good thing you have those images backed up online, right? Right?

Only you've been neglecting to drag-and-drop your images to cloud storage for quite some time. Or to be exact, for about 26 months ... the entire lifespan of your toddler. Those 10,000 adorable baby pictures? Poof, gone.

Most people struggle to remember to back up their files. That's why services with automated synchronization and backup options are ideal. Not only do they detect when you've transferred new pictures to your hard drive, but they automatically initiate the upload procedure for you.

Google Drive, SugarSync, CrashPlan and Dropbox are four examples of services that automatically upload your new photos and videos. So if you're the forgetful type, or you tend to procrastinate on backups (and you know who you are), auto-syncing capabilities are a must-have.


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