Backup Complete

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I have backed up all my documents and most of my pictures to Google Drive and Google Plus Pictures. I now feel more secure and I think it will be nice to have them wherever I go. The price of backing up isn’t much at all and I wanted to get those documents in multiple places. I recommend to everyone have a backup solution that works for your individual needs. All the digital content we produce is important and having them stored properly is a must.

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US taps links to Google, Yahoo data centers: report

The US National Security Agency has tapped into key communications links from Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. The Post, citing documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with officials, said the program can collect data at will from hundreds of millions of user accounts, including from Americans. The report said the program dubbed MUSCULAR, operated jointly with NSA’s British counterpart GCHQ, indicated that the agencies can intercept data flows from the fiber-optic cables used by the US Internet giants. A graphic in the document suggested that the interception at Google came at a point between the public Internet and Google “cloud” servers.

(My Take: Stop that NSA. Bad, bad. Go to your room!.)

Yahoo wants to buy Tumblr. Will Facebook swoop in at the last minute? — Tech News and Analysis

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Yahoo wants to buy Tumblr. We hear Facebook might spoil the party. But the question is: is Tumblr the fountain of youth that Yahoo badly needs or will this be case of a pathetic old-middle aged guy hanging with youngsters trying to be hip.

Yahoo wants to buy Tumblr. Will Facebook swoop in at the last minute? — Tech News and Analysis

Changing Times Means Backing Up Your Blog

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I blogged for years at a site called Multiply. I enjoyed the experience and made some great friends there. That site recently announced they are ceasing social networking and blogging features on their site and moving towards developing a retail and shopping environment. Websites are making decisions that will allow them to stay open and that means making serious business decisions that effect millions of their users. Retail trumps social connections in this case. 

Whenever you blog on a site like Multiply, Tumblr, WordPress.com, Blogger its a good idea to back up your blog from time to time. Some sites offer tools to export your content and with other sites you might have to copy and paste to a document and save your pictures. You might be able to find software that would back up your blog from time to time.

If your blogging site offers you the ability to upload your pictures to a media locker like Multiply you will want to download that media and store it on another service like Picasa Web, Flickr or Snapfish. Storing those files on an a external hard drive will give another level of security. These are priceless memories that are hard if impossible to replace.

Paying for hosting and setting up your own blog will give you more control over your content. If your budget doesn’t allow it be sure you blog in a place that has a focus on blogging and social networking, check out other users and ask for opinions from experts.

As companies come and go it might mean you have to be more careful where you have your online home. Keep on blogging but back up your valuable digital content. This is a uncertain time online so be careful.