A lot of New Year’s Resolutions revolve around getting organized. If you surf Pinterest you will see millions of ideas for getting your house, closet, car, basement, attic, kitchen, bath and just about anything else you can think of organized. There are also countless Pins for getting your paperwork and photos organized after you get done with your drawers and cupboards.
Being in the insurance business for 20+ years makes one look at organization differently. I always approach it with the question if my house (or office) is destroyed what paper files need scanned and backed up offsite and what electronic files need backed up offsite? Many years ago, a dear friend of mine taught me to back things up 3 ways. Considering 1 backup method could fail but it is unlikely all 3 would fail, this method has served me well for many years.
The insurance business hands out a fair amount of disasters. From toilets that overflow ruining everything in the water’s path to houses and businesses that catch fire. I know natural disasters happen every day all around the world. Our beloved NC is a hot bed for hurricanes and has seen tornado activity in recent years.
While digital pictures have been around for years, 99% of the people I know store them on their cell phone with the occasional friend who stores them on her personal laptop. Personally, I have dropped a cell phone in a toilet and driven away with one on the bumper of a car. Instant crash and burn. There are so many free ways you can back up your pictures make it this week’s resolution to create at least one additional backup for your digital pics.
Digital photos at my house have a process they move through.
You may be thinking four backups is a little neurotic but these are precious memories of everything from my children’s 1st birthday to our family Disney trip and their first day of school. I am not taking any chances of a technical difficulty erasing all my pictures. The truth is it is such a quick process there is no reason not to be careful. Years ago, this was a time intensive mess but now it is relatively seamless.
Happy Backing Up – oh if you need ideas for cloud based storage click here for a great article from the folks at Techlicious.