Backing Up Your Family History

Many people living in assisted care facilities realize that they need something to keep their minds sharp. That can mean reading, doing word and logic puzzles and playing chess or other board games. However, with computers becoming more prevalent in assisted care facilities, many people have begun turning to the Internet and research websites. Many choose to research their genealogy. Our family histories go back further than many of us can imagine, but an elder in the family is likely to have knowledge reaching back further than any of the younger generations. Using a variety of genealogy websites makes it pretty easy to learn how far back your family goes, and maybe pick up a few interesting tidbits along the way.

As the family history is compiled, though, it needs to be saved. If the computer that’s being used is a community PC, then having your information saved simply on the hard drive might not mean it’s safe. If anything at all were to happen to the computer, or to your files, all of that hard work could be lost. Even if the computer being used is a personal computer, it’s still a good idea to have a backup copy of the research that others may be able to access in case of an emergency.

This is where cloud backup comes in handy. Backing up information to the cloud is simple. Even though the name makes it seem like your information will be floating around in the air, it really won’t be. The cloud is actually a datacenter, often at a location far away. This datacenter holds a large number of computers and hard drives. Their only purpose is to securely hold and protect your information. What’s best about the cloud, though, is that you can retrieve your data at any time, as long as you have some form of Internet connection. When it comes to saving to the cloud, it’s often as simple as choosing the correct file and clicking Save. These data centers all have built in security, keeping your information safe and sound.

There are a wide variety of cloud backup providers, and most offer different amounts of space at different price points. Some offer a set amount of space for free, with the ability to upgrade for a fee. You can choose the amount of cloud space based on your needs. Think about the number and types of files you will be saving. If it’s strictly text documents, you’ll likely be fine with a small amount of space. However, if you choose to save photocopy scans and photographs of documents and other files, you may consider opting for a larger amount of space. In any case, backing up to a cloud is typically affordable and well worth the cost.

Cloud backup is really nothing to be intimidated by. It’s 100 percent safe, secure and reliable. If you’ve ever had a negative experience with losing something on a hard drive, you know how valuable having a backup copy is. Having that backup in a safe place, away from any potential problems, makes it even more valuable.

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