It’s likely that you have a camera with you every where you go, as a feature of your phone or smart phone. It’s a good idea to save your photos from your device to a cloud service. There are several motivations for you to do this:
- to be able to delete the photos that you uploaded from your device to free up space on it;
- to be able to access your photos from any device;
- to share photos with friends and/or family;
- to back up photos from your device so that that they are saved if your device is broken, lost or stolen.
I save my photos to my laptop, backup my iPhone to iCloud, and save photos in Google Photos. Google Photos is my iCloud solution that works on my Windows laptop, my Macbook and my iPhone. I use it for sharing photos with friends and family, as well as a backup of my photos. To use Google photos, you need a Google account, which you have if you have a gmail address. Then install Google Photos on your Android or iOS device, or on your Mac or Windows machine, or access Google Photos on the web. Once you have the app installed, you can setup Backup and Sync for Google Photos on your device. You can decide whether or not to backup photos only when you’re on WIFI, or also when you’re using cellular data. You have to be connected to the Internet to upload to or download from Google Photos, but you can browse your existing photos in Google Photos even if you’re not connected to the Internet.
Note that if you set the quality of your photos to high in Google Photos, your uploads do not count towards your available storage limits. This means that you can save an unlimited number of high quality images (up to 16 mega-pixel) and videos (up to 1080p), which is of high enough quality for people who access multimedia in digital formats, or who print regular sized images.
Many of us use our devices as an extension of our brains. We keep personal information such as our banking details, passwords, addresses, social media accounts, contacts, etc. on our devices. This could be catastrophic in the wrong hands. In the best case, we would simply lose all of our data, but they would be backed up elsewhere. In the worse case, an unscrupulous individual could steal private information from our device or use this information to defraud us or our friends and family. Whether you have an iOS, Android, or other device, it is important to secure it.
Follow these 7 tips to secure your device:
- Set up a passcode of 6 or more digits on your device.
- Use Touch ID or an unlock pattern for added security of your device.
- Sign into iCloud/Google sync so that your device is backed up.
- Turn on Find My iPhone (iOS) or Find My Device (Android). On iOS, make sure that you also turn on Send Last Location.
- Enable two factor authentication for all accounts that you use on your device. This makes the next two steps very important if you lose your phone or if it’s stolen. This setting will prevent unauthorized access of your accounts, but may also keep you if you don’t have any other devices that are logged into the accounts.
- Add multiples verified emails or phone numbers. Use the alternate phone number of a partner or trusted friend, so that you can get the verification code from them if you need to access your accounts on a new device.
- Memorize your Gmail/iCloud password. This may encourage you to create a password that is easy to remember. Remember that even if the password is easy for you to remember, it should be hard for other people to guess. Make sure that your password has a combination of types of characters, and is at least 8 characters. The longer and more random the password, the harder it is for criminals to crack it.
For additional tips, and instructions to help you access the various settings on iOS or Android, see this PC World article.