Do your digtial images really exist? If you really think about it, unlike the old days of film when you could tuck away your photos and negatives safely in a file cabinet, today's digital files could suddenly disapear as the result of a sudden power surge, black out or hard drive crash. In that sense, they really don't exist in a physical form like your old negatives and slides, rather only as phantom 1's and 0's stored on a delicate hard drive or memory card. 

This makes it absolutely essential that you back up your digital files in order to assure that your treasured images will be around for future use. One way is to back up your files to DVD's or CD's, but this can be a labor intensive project and still requires you to store the archived images someplace safe. Even then, because of changes in technology and the uncertain archival nature of the media, you may still find that your images are not safe. A mere twenty years ago the primary media used for external data storage was the 3 1/2" floppy disks (up to 1.4mb); then came the larger Syquest, Bernoulli, Zip and Jazz disks (up to 1 gb). Where are they today? Do you remember 8-track tapes, Betamax, VHS and Compact Cassettes? They all now occupy the same legacy "Phantom Zone".

These days, the best answer to this delima is to store your images and other important files off-site in the "cloud". This archiving method is ideal because it places your data at your fingertips anywhere you have an internet connection. It's also very easy to restore or download your files to a new computer, tablet or smartphone. This procedure incrementally backs up all of your important data so that any changes you might make will be saved as well. Best of all, the process is automatic and runs in the background, so you never have to "remember" to do it - it just happens!

We use and highly recommend Carbonite On-line backup. Carbonite runs continually in the background, protecting new and changed files whenever your computer is connected to the Internet. You don't need to choose which files to protect because every Carbonite Home subscription comes with unlimited backup space. Carbonite is designed to be easy to use, but if you ever have questions, their U.S. based support team is available to help.

If you you would like to try Carbonite for free, just click on this link Carbonite Free Trial for a 15 day free trial of their service. You'll be glad that you did!

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