3 Free Services to Backup your Photos

Google Photos

It still amazes me how many people don’t know about Google Photos. Google Photos is a free app and service for iOS and Android that backs up all the pictures from your phone to your existing Google account—and its unlimited! I highly recommend it to everyone just to have a backup for all of their pictures. Now the free version is unlimited but it does slightly reduce the quality of the photos but it’s so minimal that most people won’t see a difference.

Aside from just having a backup, Google Photos is a great way to free up space on your phone. Once you have all of your pictures uploaded, you can confidently delete them from your phone having peace of mind that they’re backed up on Google’s servers.

Amazon Prime Photos

Another service that people overlook is Amazon Prime Photos. Most people nowadays are Amazon Prime members, but one of the benefits of being a member is they offer unlimited backup of photos from your iOS and Android device. And unlike Google Photos, they backup your photos at their original quality.

Dropbox

If you have a Dropbox account, you can use the service to automatically backup your photos on your iOS or Android device for free. Granted, a Dropbox free account only provides you with two gigs of free storage, but what some people do is use it until it’s completely filled up and then moving all of the pictures to a flash drive or an external hard drive for safe keeping.

Multiple Backups

Those are just three ways to freely have continuous backups of all of your photos. There is no reason why you can’t use all three of these services at the same time, in fact, I recommend it! The typical rule of thumb is your files aren’t completely backed up until there are three different copies in three different locations.

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Turning on two factor authentication on your Google Account

Those that know me, know that I’m a huge fan of two factor authentication. For those that don’t know what two factor authentication is, it’s where when you sign into an online account, you enter your username and password to login as always, but when you login, you usually get sent a text message with a six digit code that you need to verify before you can access your account.

This way, even if your password gets compromised, another person cannot access your account without having access to your phone.

To turn on two factor authentication on your Google account:

  1. Go to http://gmail.com and sign in
  2. Select your avatar on the upper right hand corner (to the right of your email address) and select My Account
  3. Select Signing in to Google under “Sign-in & Security”
  4. Select Two-Step Verification
  5. Google will once again ask for your password, go ahead and enter it
  6. It will then ask for your phone number, type it in and click Next
  7. A verification code will be sent to your phone, type in that code and hit Next
  8. Finally click “Turn On”

And you’re done! Now every time you sign in from a new computer or device, you’ll need to verify that it’s truly you by entering the verification code. Most online services now offer two factor authentication such as Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox and most banks, I highly recommend turning it on wherever possible.

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