Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Preserving Your Online Data

Most of us have heard, at one time or another, about the importance of backing up the data on our computer hard drives. But have you ever thought about backing up the data that you create by using Web-based services such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, or Gmail? It might be a good idea to start. Gmail, for instance, was recently plagued by a bug that temporarily deleted emails for around 150,000 Gmail users.

One service, Backupify, offers free personal accounts allowing you to archive and search up to 2 GB of your online data from a number of websites. (If you're interested in saving just your tweets, Backupify also has TweetBackup - also free, although you must follow them on Twitter @Tweetbackup to use it.)

If you're leery of storing your data online (a.k.a. "in the cloud"), given the recent Amazon outage that caused numerous sites to crash, there are ways to save your online data to your computer hard drive. Gmail Backup, for example, is a free program that you can download and use to store your emails in a folder on your computer.

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