During ancient times, photos are difficult to preserve from films and Polaroid, but to date, all photos are usually stored as digital files as the original quality is preserved for years.
Currently, I have 49,003 Photos which is partitioned by 17,657 Folders in my portable hard drives. I have 2 hard drives so far, 1 PQI 300GB and 1 TB My Book Essential Western Digital External Drive and 85% of the space are my travel photos and memories. I travel a lot and for each travel, I shoot over hundreds of photos! Now, what to do with them?
Five years ago, a terrible experience has occurred when a delicate virus attacked my desktop applications, I didn’t bother cleaning my desktop until it came to a point where it seized my files and some of my photos were already corrupted. It was a nightmare. From there, I needed to figure out how to keep my digital files safe and preserved.
Let me share how I manage to keep my digital files protected from virus.
Install secure browsers
Come to think it. Where does computer virus come from? Did you know that websites are the #1 source of virus? Website that contains malware or virus has the capability of invading your PC if not protected. Stop browsing websites with Internet Explorer (IE), start using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.
Always run antivirus software or applications
The most popular software for that is the Norton Antivirus for your PC. Regular checkup of your PC for antivirus will protect your files up to 300%.
Switch to MAC or Linux Operating systems
I am a PC user, but if given the money, I’ll definitely buy and switch to MAC OSx. I was once a Linux (Ubuntu) user and I loved it so much, but since I am big Photoshop user, I have to switch back to Windows OS as Photoshop wasn’t compatible to Linux. Some of the applications that I often use were not compatible to Linux as well. It was very sad when I had to bid goodbye to Ubuntu for 6 months of smooth experience.
Store your files in protected hard drives
Instead of saving your files directly to your My Documents Local C:\ drive, try buying a secured storage device and save your files there instead. An example of this is the My Book Essential of WD which I currently owned. Some of these hard drives have built-in security applications which you can trust to keep your digital files safe.
Backup your photos by uploading some in photo storage websites
Examples are SmugMug, Flickr, DropBox,and PicasaWeb, those websites are free to use though with limitations unless you will upgrade to Pro or Premium account. Currently, I am subscribed to Flickr Pro for which I am paying $24.95 a year to save and preserve my photos.
Burn them in CDs or DVDs
This is an update from readers Eileen Campos and Mark and I find their comments very helpful. Burning photos to DVDs and CDs are very helpful as well as virus cannot infiltrate it unless they know to burn themselves! The only downside when saving files in DVDs or CDs is data decay. You will have to burn them again after 9 to 10 years.
Just like the old times, print your photos and put them in photo albums
“Best of all is printing pics on good quality photographic paper and having them on display in old school albums. The biggest advantage of this is that they get looked at more often..” One of my readers Mark said.
Frame it or put it in albums. Nothing beats the old times of viewing photos with photographic prints. For me, viewing photos in prints is more sentimental and appreciating. Ahhh! I wish I could print all my photos for free.
Travel more and happy shooting!
In the end, you will enjoy the benefit of investing your time to protecting your travel photos and memories. Keep it safe and soon you will show them to your great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.