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It’s World Photo Day: celebrate with a backup

With cameras available to us where ever we go, we take thousands of photos, so today, do yourself a favour and backup.

Today is Saturday, and it could be a lot of things. It could be the day you decide to finally go to that cafe you’ve been meaning to try. It could be your birthday, or that of your friends, or the day you decide to go out and have a picnic with the family, including that new member.

Whatever you end up doing, there’s a good chance you’re going to take a photo, because with cameras available in practically every phone, you very likely have a very capable digital camera with you right now.

And that’s actually fitting, because today — August 19 — is World Photo Day, a day that is also shared with World Humanitarian Day, and kind of suggests taking photos to inspire others.

Some of the photos we take in our lifetime will do that, but almost all will register a memory of the moment we captured, and holding onto those moments is vital, especially since human memory can disappear, fading away and being replaced by other moments that take their place. Photos can rekindle those memories almost like smelling something warm and familiar, and recollecting with a scene you once loved.

Unfortunately, in a digital age, photographic memories can also disappear, because while printed images can fade, digital images can be wiped, drives can fail, discs can stop working, and these historical records can accidentally be deleted from time, left only with whatever was in your head at the time.

So today, World Photo Day, we’re suggesting to our readers that you take a little time out of the day and do a little backing up of the important images.

You’ll know what they are, from the “firsts” you might have on your computer (first dance, first child, etc) to the happiest moments you’d prefer to never lose sight of, ever ever ever. Anything in your life that you’d want to remember for the rest of your life, that’s what you should focus on backing up.

Find those images whether on your computer or your phone and make a backup, knowing you’ll have them for life.

If they’re on your phone, you might want to make the backup to one of the many online services, some of which are include with the phone, or alternatively grab a thumb drive that can plug into the bottom of your phone, such as one with the USB Type C plug for compatible Android phones, or the Lightning variant for the iPhone. Why, Android phones might even be able to backup to a microSD card, providing a fairly inexpensive and easy way of keeping those files safe.

Phones with USB Type C ports at the bottom — like the Samsung Galaxy S8, HTC U11, and Google Pixel XL, Huawei P10, and Sony Xperia XZ Premium — can plug directly into the Samsung T5 SSD using a USB-C to USB-C cable.

That’ll take care of a quick hardware backup for phones, but what about computers?

Well, you have even more options available to you, and whether you go out and buy a hard drive, solid-state drive, or the good ol’ fashioned thumbdrive to back up on, your hardware is sorted. You can even use the same cloud services as your phone, backing up with a free Dropbox or Google Drive account.

Ultimately, we’re just keen to see you take care of those photos on World Photo Day, because we’d hate to see any precious moments get lost and fade from memory.

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