I am trying to find a way to legally copy DVDs we own to an external hard drive for storage connected to my laptop. When we take long road trips it would be nice to not have to haul all our movies along. — Bill
Mike Smothers of PC Made EZ’s article “Cloud backups are the way to go in saving important data” (AFN, Aug. 8) begged for my opposing view, that of a somewhat traditionalist tech gal, who just read a compelling article, “How Apple and Amazon security flaws Led to epic hacking” in Wired Magazine, http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/08/apple-amazon-mat-honan-hacking/all/.
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
For quite some time I have been touting the benefits of having a portable backup sitting on your computer desk to securely hold your irreplaceable pictures, files and other items near and dear to your heart. Having this device at the ready allowed you to sleep well and fend off nightmares of the inevitable when you go to check your email one day and there is no sign of life coming from your computer. At this defining moment in your life, you are overjoyed that you listened to sage advice and bought a portable backup device, but consider this conversation I recently had with a new client. She told me she had backed everything up on jump drives and a portable hard drive. “I always thought two backups were better than one but thieves broke in the back door and stole not only my computer but also both my jump drives and my portable backup. Now I have lost all of my pictures.” What a sad tale. I recommended she use Carbonite or Mozy as an online backup solution.