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The safest way to never lose your important vacation pictures

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Summer is almost here, time to do some traveling! When you’re on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, and taking hundreds (or thousands) of pictures, one of the worst things that could happen is for you to lose those pictures. How could this happen, and how can this be prevented?

 
Here are a few ways this could happen:

You drop […] Read more »

Recovering from your online backup – don’t make this big mistake!

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I recently got a phone call from a business client. I’ll call him Matt for this story. Several months ago, Matt had a hard drive crash on his business computer. For a lot of people, this would have been a disaster. But thankfully, Matt had allowed me to set up an automated online backup for […] Read more »

How to create a System Image backup (and why you should)

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You know I’m always talking about having an automated, consistent backup process in place.  This is partly because I have people bring me computers just about every week with a crashed drive, and they’re in a panic because they need the files and folders that are on that drive.  But it’s also from first-hand experience […] Read more »

The easy way to back up your files to an external drive

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An important part of a comprehensive data backup strategy is having a reliable, consistent backup to an external drive.  Today I’ll show you how I recommend doing this.  I’m using a small program for Windows called Second Copy.

 
First, a quick recap:
Last Monday I told you about CryptoLocker, a new ransomware virus that encrypts your personal […] Read more »

Cryptolocker ransomware means changes to our backup process

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There’s a new type of malicious software in town.  It’s called CryptoLocker.  It doesn’t fool around.
 
CryptoLocker falls into the category of “Ransomware”.  Ransomware programs take over part or all of your computer, and offers to return it to you when you pay money.  You have probably heard about the popular “FBI Virus”, which popped up […] Read more »

When should you use private browsing?

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All of the popular web browsers have the ability to go into “private” mode .  This means that the websites you visit won’t show up in history, and those sites won’t place any cookies on your computer for tracking purposes.  There are actually some legitimate purposes for this.

1. Shopping for birthday or Christmas gifts:If other […] Read more »

MyPC Backup review – automated online backup service

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MyPC Backup is the online, automated backup service that I use and recommend.  This is the program that protects my own files and folders, and I have set it up for lots of my clients.  In this post I will go over the features, costs, and how it works.
 

 
Full disclosure: I use MyPC Backup for […] Read more »

What files do you NEED to back up?

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When someone brings me a computer that has a problem, my first question is: “Is there any data on this computer that is important, that is not backed up?”  Usually there is, which means I probably need to recover that data before I do the repair.

 
My next question often gets an interesting answer.  I ask, […] Read more »