Q: After hearing about the reporter who had his entire laptop wiped by hackers, I’m wondering about the best way to back up all my photos to the Internet. What Internet photo storing sites do you recommend? — Greg
A: For those that haven’t heard the gut-wrenching details of tech journalist Mat Honan’s epic hacking incident, it’s a cautionary tale well worth reading about so you can avoid the basic missteps that he made.
Photo storage/sharing sites abound on the Internet, but since they all differ in one way or another, it’s important that you research those differences before you commit to any of them.
Most of us have a Facebook account and upload pictures to our profiles, but that is far from a comprehensive backup of your photos. Facebook also compresses your uploaded images to save space, so you can’t ever download them in their original resolution.
Straight forward backup sites such as Carbonite (http://www.carbonite.com) and Mozy (http://mozy.com) are a great way to automatically push exact copies up to the cloud, but if you want to share or make use of your photos via the storage site, you may want to consider additional options.
For most casual photographers, Google’s Picasa software combined with their Picasa Web Album online service is a great solution for cataloging, editing and backing up your photos. You get 1 GB of free Picasa storage or for $2.49 per month, you can increase it to 25 GB or $4.99 per month for 100 GB of storage.
If you are a hardcore photographer with a lot of images, you should consider getting setup with a Flickr Pro account ($24.95 per year). Not only can you store images in their original size, you get unlimited storage space and support for more file formats.
Another option that my wife loves is Shutterfly because of its free unlimited storage, easy sharing of albums (publicly or privately) and ability to design photobooks and send personalized postcards using any of our pictures.
• Ken Colburn is president of Data Doctors Computer Services and host of the Data Doctors Radio Program, noon Saturdays on KTAR 92.3 FM or at www.datadoctors.com/radio. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.