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      So in last two years, I have had several hard drive failures. I was lucky to have somehow recover some data, specially personal photos.

      I believe our memories are the most precious data in electronic forms ( have not had a photo printed in years).
      So question is how to save them on the cloud and if the cloud is safe at all.

      There are two issues when it comes to putting up personal stuff on cloud.

      1) Prevent from hackers (ofcourse nobody can do that, not even NSA and Equifax could do that).
      2) Prevent Cloud provider to use our data for a) marketing b) AI and machine learning c) accidental leaks or misuse.

      Amazon Prime members get unlimited Photo uploads and 5GB of free space (which is enough for important docs/scans).
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      Quote Originally Posted by smooth_guy View Post
      So in last two years, I have had several hard drive failures. I was lucky to have somehow recover some data, specially personal photos.

      I believe our memories are the most precious data in electronic forms ( have not had a photo printed in years).
      So question is how to save them on the cloud and if the cloud is safe at all.

      There are two issues when it comes to putting up personal stuff on cloud.

      1) Prevent from hackers (ofcourse nobody can do that, not even NSA and Equifax could do that).
      2) Prevent Cloud provider to use our data for a) marketing b) AI and machine learning c) accidental leaks or misuse.

      Amazon Prime members get unlimited Photo uploads and 5GB of free space (which is enough for important docs/scans).
      Oh I didnt know about unlimited photo uploads for amazon.Do you have a link for that?

      For apple users, i think iCloud is a good usage.

      Regardless of the risks you mentioned, i'm sure Cloud is the only way to go for now. Just pick the better renowned one.
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      shutterfly is good find.. several cell phone crash and laptop ... I like shutterfly... free unlimited...

      Quote Originally Posted by SID_NY View Post
      Oh I didnt know about unlimited photo uploads for amazon.Do you have a link for that?

      For apple users, i think iCloud is a good usage.

      Regardless of the risks you mentioned, i'm sure Cloud is the only way to go for now. Just pick the better renowned one.
      appko yehi nahi pata.... photos are unlimited on prime membership....

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      Quote Originally Posted by SID_NY View Post
      Oh I didnt know about unlimited photo uploads for amazon.Do you have a link for that?

      For apple users, i think iCloud is a good usage.

      Regardless of the risks you mentioned, i'm sure Cloud is the only way to go for now. Just pick the better renowned one.

      If you are Prime member, check out under Amazone Drive and Prime Photos link.


      https://www.amazon.com/Cloud-Drive-S...de=xxxxxxxxxxx

      Not that this is first time our personal pictures would be online, majority of us have photos on FB with restricted sharing feature on. However backing up entire collection on Amazon, Dropbox, Apple cloud or whatever is out there makes one nervous. They might have fine print that we can't interpret properly without help of lawyer's help and that provides them access to use for machine learning. And what if someone change a code or make a mistake or algorithm goes rogue and your stuff is published publically. I know it can happen from our home computers as well, but we are not living in Beverly Hills and will be less likely target for hackers or ransomeware.

      I am interested to know what are other family people thinking in this digital age where every major company and government is hacked these days.
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      Well I may be living on beverley hills someday.. lol.

      I think there is no answer to "what if". It is what it is. You have to choose between getting disks crashed and losing it or getting it hosted somewhere else.

      There can be a hybrid solution too. i.e. Get external disks and make the replica of your material there, keep it somewhere safe.
      @mahool shutterfly is good but never tested. Have you?
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      Quote Originally Posted by SID_NY View Post
      Well I may be living on beverley hills someday.. lol.

      I think there is no answer to "what if". It is what it is. You have to choose between getting disks crashed and losing it or getting it hosted somewhere else.

      There can be a hybrid solution too. i.e. Get external disks and make the replica of your material there, keep it somewhere safe.
      @mahool shutterfly is good but never tested. Have you?
      I am using it...

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      Quote Originally Posted by mahool View Post
      I am using it...
      Thats good. As long as you are satisfied with it. I would somehow rather trust amazon than shutterfly or any third party
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      There was this software Picasa which I really loved using and could be uploaded to its website as well. But then google bought it and put a fee on it.

      Is it possible that we can host our pics on a certain website, distributed in multiple folders and each folder is assigned a seperate password so we can allow specific people access to that folder? If there is no such service with this granularity of privacy, which i doubt, it can be a good startup idea
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      Quote Originally Posted by SID_NY View Post
      Is it possible that we can host our pics on a certain website, distributed in multiple folders and each folder is assigned a seperate password so we can allow specific people access to that folder? If there is no such service with this granularity of privacy, which i doubt, it can be a good startup idea
      Jeez..I'm losing my mind I think. Just remembered and checked Google has it for years..
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      picasa is no longer available in google pack... they move to google photos...

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      I bought a 2 Bay NAS, put 2, 3 TB hard drives in there and running RAID 1 So I have some backup redundancy. The only problem I have is if my house burns down!?!?! But if a hard drive fails I just buy another hard drive and replace it.
      I converted all my family movies that were in VHS to MP4 files and of course all the several gigs of pictures.

      Its a win win, in that my data is backed up, I don't have to rely on cloud storage, but you do have to spend about 400 to 600 on all the equipment.
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      If you buy a google pixel you get unlimited google photo storage for free. I have about 200 GB right now. Google photos is what I use for me and my wife. I have a note 8 and she has iphone 8. We can both see the pictures that each one of us takes.


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