How To Keep Your Holiday Photos Safe

How To Keep Your Holiday Photos Safe

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Do you remember that commercial with all of the pictures standing inside some guy’s camera, all squished together like they were riding on a subway car at rush hour?  They’d all jockey for position hoping that they wouldn’t be the picture that would get deleted to make room for whatever the camera owner wanted to take a picture of next.  It was hysterical!  Unless you’re the picture that gets deleted.  Or the owner of the camera who has to decide which of his favorite pictures to deleted so he can take another.
So how many photos are YOU going to take this Christmas or Hanukkah?
The picture of your toddler opening up her first tricycle?
The shot of your husband nearly knocking over the TV trying to put the star on the tree?
And how many of them will still be around for you to enjoy next year?
Not so funny, is it?  
There are two things that put every picture you take, in jeopardy.  The first is not taking the time to download the pictures you’ve already taken, onto your computer for safekeeping.   The second, is not being prepared to capture that once-in-a-lifetime photo whenever it happens.
Here are two simple steps, you can take that will completely eliminate the danger of losing this year’s special memories.
1) Do not, do not, do not use anything but a regular digital or video camera to take photos during the holidays.  Don’t grab the cell phone to snap the picture of the entire family including 101 year old Grandpa Charlie around the Christmas table.  Very few cell phones have enough megapixels to grab a good enough picture for the family to keep and share.  It might be convenient, but you know as well as I do that you’re going to get a blurry or fuzzy shot instead of what you really want.  And even you do manage to snap a Mona Lisa, you’re going to forget to email it to yourself, so don’t even think about it!
2) Instead, choose your best digital camera and keep it at your side throughout the holidays.  Keep it charged, or even better keep an extra battery charged as well.  And while you’re at it, keep an extra SD card ready to swap out, just in case your Hanukkah dinner ends up being photo-intensive than you thought.  To add an additional level of safety, draft another relative to do exactly the same thing so that you’ll get full coverage of every event.  Then you can get together when the holidays are over, compare your work and send the best photos to all of your relatives on a CD.   Now that’s a holiday to remember.
3) Don’t let the memory card on your camera get so full that you have to start deleting pictures!   In fact don’t let it get anywhere near full.   At the end of every evening make yourself take five minutes to download that day’s photos to your computer.  Make sure you already have the USB cable next to your computer before you leave for the evening so you won’t have any excuses when you get back home.  Get your kids or your husband to promise not to let you go to bed without downloading them, even if you have to leave the camera on the bed as a reminder.
4) If you’re really bad at remembering to download your photos to your computer, then watch the video above.  The secret is to let the your camera or phone do the downloading for you.  How?  Buy a wireless camera like the Canon Power Shot. Wi-Fi digital cameras automatically connect to the Wi-Fi connection in your home to upload your photos from your camera to your computer, without you having to lift a finger.  If you don’t have a wireless camera or don’t want to purchase a new one, get an Eye-Fi card.  Eye-Fi is an SD card with a built-in wireless connection that will do exactly the same thing.  We’ll get into more details about it in another blog post, but you can be in Italy sipping espresso at a sidewalk café with a Wi-Fi connection and your photos will begin appearing on your computer back home, safe and sound until you get return.
This year, don’t leave your photos to chance.  Take a moment to take these two simple steps and before you know it, you’ll be enjoying this year’s holiday photos.  While you’re putting up the ornaments next year.
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I don’t know about you, but the most important keepsakes in our house are our old family photos, followed closely by our home movies and music.  The problem is, grabbing piles of photo albums and all of the picture frames off the walls is hard to do if you have to get out of the house quickly. With How To Back Up Your Photos, Videos and Music, you’ll learn quick, easy steps to back up your print/digital photos, home movies, cassettes, vinyl albums and archive them in multiple, disaster proof locations.     $12.95   Buy now at Amazon.com    Read more about it

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10 Best Smartphone Apps For Your New Phone

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Did You Get A New Phone For The Holidays ? 

All bright and shiny and perfect… 
It might not be gold and diamond encrusted like out little friend here, but I bet you didn’t even want to take it out of the box, did you?   
Well if you’ve managed to take it out and get it set up, you probably can’t wait to find some great new apps to go along with it.
Boy did you come to the right place!  We’ve compiled a list of 10 apps that will turn your smartphone into a real genius.  And a few of them might even save your or your family’s lives.   Here with no further ado, The 10 Best Smartphone Apps For Your New Phone.
1. Find My Phone (iPhone)/Lookout (Android)
The very first app you should put on your new phone is the one that’s going to protect it – not to mention all your information.  Find My Phone protects your iPhone by helping you locate it if it is ever lost or stolen.  With this app, you can signal your phone to ring so you know where to look for it, or if it is stolen, disable your phone and wipe your information.  Download the free Find my Phone app from the Apple App Store.  Lookout does the same thing for Androids, plus it also acts as anti-virus software for your phone, scanning new apps for malware and periodically scanning all of your apps for potential problems.  You can download Lookout free from the Google Play Store. 
2. Dropbox (iOS/Android)
Dropbox is our favorite online file solution.  Since it works on Apple, Android and PCs you can save files from your computer, tablets or phones to Dropbox to make them available on any of your devices.  But my favorite feature is photo sync.  When you install Dropbox on your phone or tablet it will as you if you want it to send all of the photos you take from your device to your PC.  Say yes!  That way, the instant you take a picture it will fly directly to the Dropbox folder on your computer and you’ll never again have to worry about downloading your smartphone photos to your computer!
3. Find My Friends (versions for iOS and Android)
The Find My Friends app was created to be just that — a quick way to find out where all your friends are hanging out at any given moment.  But it doesn’t just locate your friends.  Activate it on your kid’s and spouse’s phones and you’ll have a quick, powerful emergency locator to use during emergencies or evacuations.  Not only will it show where they are, it also provides street-by-street driving directions to their location.

 

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4. Evernote (iOS/Android)
Part digital notebook, part assistant, Evernote gives you a place to put all of those thoughts, ideas, to do lists, links and pictures that you’re always madly searching for hastily written scraps of paper.  It syncs across all of your computers and devices, so that you always have the latest version of what you’re working on at your fingertips.  You can use it simply as a notepad or as a multi-subject notebook.  And the best part is, it’s fully searchable, to help you find anything you’ve tucked away on Evernote for safekeeping.  Added bonus:  If you’re using the Grab It And Go Sheets and Action Plans from our books, tuck them or links to them into one notebook on Evernote to give yourself immediate access to all the information you need, when you need it.
5. Keynote (iPhone)/PowerPoint (iOS or Android)
Both Apple’s and Microsoft’s presentation software is now available free for mobile devices.  Why is this great news?  Because you can use presentation software for nearly anything.  You can use it to write and send notes to yourself, save a bunch of clippings, screenshots or links from the web, or edit graphics on the run.  You may not know this but both Keynote and PowerPoint are terrific graphic editors.  You can resize, recolor, flip, turn, shadow, reflect or even drop the background color out of a graphic in seconds and resave it, without even opening Photoshop.  Oh and you can also be boring and use either software to put together or show a quick presentation. 🙂
6. Hootsuite
The Hootsuite Dashboard gives you a real-time view of all of your social media feeds in one place.  Just connect your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or other accounts and you can not only see all of your messages and updates in one screen, but you can also write one message that will post to all your accounts at the same time.  Why is this important?  Because in an emergency, Hootsuite is the ultimate mobile command center.  It gives you the ability to send direct messages to all of your family members or friends that will post to all of their feeds simultaneously – whether they’re on Twitter, Facebook or even LinkedIn.  It also gives you a place to monitor any messages that they send to you.  Instead of logging in and out of your social media accounts, you can see everything that’s going on, find out where your family is and how they are, in seconds.
7. Flipboard
Okay, so this isn’t a life-saving app but it sure does save a lot of time.  With Flipboard you can create your own personal magazines.  All you have to do is tell it what subjects or Twitter or Facebook accounts you want to follow and it will aggregate all of those messages, videos or updates into feed that looks and reads just like a magazine.  Instead of having to take time searching for all the information that you need for work or school or even for fun, all you have to do is go to Flipboard and click on whichever “magazine” you want to read.  The ultimate in time-saving apps!
8. Mobile Banking App
If you have an account at a nationwide bank (or larger regional bank) take a few minutes to download their mobile banking app.   Why?  Because it can be a real life saver during an evacuation, emergency or any situation where you’re stranded far from home.   Not only will you be able to locate an ATM or branch office (to save on ATM fees),  but with most mobile banking apps, you can even transfer money from one account to another, check the limits on your credit cards, chat with customer service or even deposit checks into your account, simply by snapping a photo of them.  Now that’s service!
9. Skype (iOS or Android) /Facetime (iPhone)
We included these two apps because sometimes you just need to see a familiar face.  The worst thing about being away from home, or having the people you love in a different location, is feeling disconnected from them.  Whether you’re checking on each other during an emergency, or just need to see each other’s faces, Skype and Facetime are both a wonderful way to connect by cellular service or Wi-Fi, if landlines or cell service are down.  Making sure you have either of these apps on your phone, gives you one more way of communicating, no matter what is happening around you and your kids — even the ones who are away at college.
10. Word (iOS or Android)/Pages (iPhone)/A PDF Reader  
It doesn’t matter how many Action Plans you have, if you’re not able to see them.  Since we spend a lot of our time showing you how to complete your Information Sheets and Family Action Plans in our newest book slash program The Backup Plan 3.0, we want to make sure you can actually refer to them, even if the only device you have with you is your phone!  So if you have your emergency plans stored on your phone, Dropbox, iCloud or One Drive, make sure you download Word, Pages or a PDF Reader to go along with it.  That way, no matter how many plans you have stored in that phone of yours, you’ll actually be able to read them!
11. Around Me (iOS/Android)
Okay so we went overboard and added one bonus app!  Around Me is a great little app that uses your location to give you a list of the stores, restaurants and resources right around you.  All you have to do is click on bank or cleaners or hospital and Around Me will tell you where they are, whether you’re in your neighborhood or on the other side of the country.
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The Two Minute ICE Contact for Samsung Galaxy

What if I told you that you could put an ICE Contact on your Samsung Galaxy with everything it needs to have in it to save your life, in 2 MINUTES FLAT?

Would you grab your phone and go for it?  Of course you would!  In fact, even if you already have an ICE Contact on your smartphone, I guarantee that you’re probably missing a few key things.
Last week we showed you how to do a 2 Minute ICE Contact on your iPhone, so we thought this week, we’d switch things up so owners of Samsung Galaxy’s could get in on the fun.  So what are you waiting for?  Grab your phone and let’s get started!
1.  Put the word ICE, all capitals, in the First Name field.
2.  Put your ICE Contact’s first and last name in the Last Name field.
3.  Type in all of your contact’s phone numbers.  EVERY one that you have for them
4. Type in all of your contact’s email addresses — again, every last one.
5. Type in all of your contact’s social media handles/user names in the website section of your contact.  You never know what will be working in an emergency.  Many people have reached loved ones on Facebook and Twitter, when cell phone and landline service was down.
6. If you don’t have a field for Relationship, add one by adding new field and choosing the one called, oddly enough, Relationship.  Then choose or enter the way that this contact is related to you.
7. Your own allergies, medications and medical history go in the notes section.  Even better capitalize the words ALLERGIES, MEDICATIONS etc to ensure that they’re seen.
8.  You can also add your physician’s names and phone numbers in the notes section and if you like, a link to your own medical history form.  If you don’t have one, you can borrow one of ours.
9.  Is your contact in different locations on different days?  Add that in the notes section as well.
10. Instead of their photo, add an ICE Contact Graphic to the contact to make it stand out.  Here are a few to choose from.
11.  And finally, never, ever put your social security number or insurance member number into your ICE Contact.  You may put the name of your insurance company and their customer service number in if you like, but as long as your emergency contact comes to the hospital and can provide that information, it’s probably not necessary.
And there you have it.  One fully loaded ICE Contact.  Two Minutes.
While you’re here, be sure to check out our other posts like How To Put and ICE Contact On Your Samsung Galaxy or How To Put An ICE Contact On Your iPhone, or  to learn EVERYTHING you need to know about ICEing your phone. 
And while you’re feeling proactive, don’t forget to put ICE Contacts on your spouse’s and kid’s phones too, along with each other’s contact information.   

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The Backup Plan 3.0, is filled with quick, easy, 5 minute steps you can take right now, to get everything that’s important to you organized, safe, sound and accessible.  Each section covers a different area, from backing up and fixing family photos, home movies and music, to vital documents, medical and financial information and even getting your digital life in order.  This special Bonus Edition includes 7 downloadable Bonus Books.  Paperback Edition $24.99   Buy now on Amazon.com  Read more about it

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No one will ever forget the footage from Superstorm Sandy of family after family searching through the wreckage of their homes for their keepsakes, only to find their most cherished possessions completely ruined. Don’t let this tragedy happen to YOUR parents. In this book you’ll learn how to help them back up their photos, videos, vinyl albums & address books, how to record and safeguard their vital information, medical history and vital documents. $12.95 Buy now at Amazon.com Read more about it

 

Raise Money & Save Lives!  Free Customized Editions of our books make a great fundraiser for your organization, companyor an extra stream of income for you.  

Your Business Continuity Plan May Be Missing Something…  Like your employees, for instance?  If your city is struck by a tornado, earthquake or other disaster, it isn’t just your company that will be affected – so will your employees.  That’s why you need to make sure they’re as prepared for an emergency as YOU are.  Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.  Read More About It

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Staying Organized At The Grocery Store

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If you’re like most people, you’re so busy with summer activities that it’s hard to keep on track with the things you always have to do – like grocery shopping or picking up things you need at the drug store. 
So did we, until we found two things that REALLY work.
Your New Shopping List
Type out a checklist of the things you normally buy at the grocery store or drug store in the same order of the aisles in your favorite location. Print out ten lists. Then place your list wherever you’ll see it during the week. Like the fridge or on top of your desk.
Keep adding to it during the week when you think of things you need and then take it shopping with you. No more having to write out a WHOLE list every time you go shopping. Just start with a fresh one next week!  And here’s a sample list to get you started.
Don’t Run Out Of The Things You Need
Are you always running to the store to pick up something you ran out of?  We were too, until we came up with the idea of the Reserve List.  Take one copy of the list that you made above and turn it into a Reserve List.  Simply decide how many of each item you need to have on hand and note that number next to the item on the list.
How do you know how many you’ll need? 
Just ask yourself:
1. How quickly do I use it?  If you’re always running out, you’re not buying enough.
2. How much room does it take up?  It’s harder to keep a lot of family-sized cereal boxes on hand, than extra tubes of toothpaste. 
3.  How hard it is to find?  If you can only find it at certain stores, keep more on hand.    
Then, next time you go to the store, just check the number on your reserve list against the number you have on the shelf and you’ll know exactly how many you have to buy. If you want to get really fancy, type the reserve numbers next to the items on your main list and save it separately as your brand new reserve list.  And don’t forget to make lists for any other stores you usually visit.
We’d love to hear your quick shopping ideas, so please comment below!

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The Backup Plan 3.0, is filled with quick, easy, 5 minute steps you can take right now, to get everything that’s important to you organized, safe, sound and accessible.  Each section covers a different area, from backing up and fixing family photos, home movies and music, to vital documents, medical and financial information and even getting your digital life in order.  This special Bonus Edition includes 7 downloadable Bonus Books.  Paperback Edition $24.99   Buy now at Amazon.com  Downloadable PDF Edition $8.00  Buy Now       Read more about it

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No one will ever forget the footage from Superstorm Sandy of family after family searching through the wreckage of their homes for their keepsakes, only to find their most cherished possessions completely ruined. Don’t let this tragedy happen to YOUR parents. In this book you’ll learn how to help them back up their photos, videos, vinyl albums & address books, how to record and safeguard their vital information, medical history and vital documents. $12.95 Buy now at Amazon.com Read more about it

 

Raise Money & Save Lives!  Free Customized Editions of our books make a great fundraiser for your organization, companyor an extra stream of income for you.  

Your Business Continuity Plan May Be Missing Something…  Like your employees, for instance?  If your city is struck by a tornado, earthquake or other disaster, it isn’t just your company that will be affected – so will your employees.  That’s why you need to make sure they’re as prepared for an emergency as YOU are.  Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.  Read More About It

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The Two Minute ICE Contact

What if I told you that you could put an ICE Contact on your iPhone with everything it needs to have in it to save your life, in 2 MINUTES FLAT?

Would you grab your phone and go for it?  Of course you would!  In fact, even if you already have an ICE Contact on your iPhone, I guarantee that you’re probably missing a few key things.
So what are you waiting for?  Grab your phone and let’s get started!
1.  Put the word ICE, all capitals, in the First Name field.
2.  Put your ICE Contact’s full name and relationship to you in the Company field.
3.  Type in all of your contact’s phone numbers.  EVERY one that you have for them
4. Type in all of your contact’s email addresses — again, every last one.
5. Type in all of your contact’s social media handles/user names.  You never know what will be working in an emergency.  Many people have reached loved ones on Facebook and Twitter, when cell phone and landline service was down.
6. Your own allergies, medications and medical history go in the notes section.  Even better capitalize the words ALLERGIES, MEDICATIONS etc to ensure that they’re seen.
7.  You can also add your physician’s names and phone numbers in the notes section and if you like, a link to your own medical history form.  If you don’t have one, you can borrow one of ours.
8.  Is your contact in different locations on different days?  Add that in the notes section as well.
9. Instead of their photo, add an ICE Contact Graphic to the contact to make it stand out.  Here are a few to choose from.
10.  And finally, never, ever put your social security number or insurance member number into your ICE Contact.  You may put the name of your insurance company and their customer service number in if you like, but as long as your emergency contact comes to the hospital and can provide that information, it’s probably not necessary.
And there you have it.  One fully loaded ICE Contact.  Two Minutes.
While you’re here, be sure to check out our other posts like How To Put An ICE Contact On Your iPhone, or How To ICE Your Samsung Galaxy to learn EVERYTHING you need to know about ICEing your phone. 
And while you’re feeling proactive, don’t forget to put ICE Contacts on your spouse’s and kid’s phones too, along with each other’s contact information.   

Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…

blogendsignature

Introducing… The ICE My Phone Kit!

Buy Paperback Edition $14.99         Buy Downloadable Edition $5
More Amazing Things You Can Do In 5 Minutes Or Less
How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Smartphone
How To Download and Back Up Your Digital Photos
How To Fill Out Your Kid’s Emergency Contact Card

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The Book Inspired By The Blog. The Backup Plan 3.0

The Backup Plan 3.0 | Filled with Quick and easy steps you can take right now, to keep everything that’s important to you, safe, sound and accessible. rnn10.wordpress.com

The Backup Plan 3.0, is filled with quick, easy, 5 minute steps you can take right now, to get everything that’s important to you organized, safe, sound and accessible.  Each section covers a different area, from backing up and fixing family photos, home movies and music, to vital documents, medical and financial information and even getting your digital life in order.  This special Bonus Edition includes 7 downloadable Bonus Books.  Paperback Edition $24.99   Buy now at Amazon.com  Downloadable PDF Edition $8.00  Buy Now       Read more about it

Bulk orders & customization available for your company/organization. Contact us for more details.

Take This Book To Your Parent's House | Filled with Quick and easy steps your parents can take right now, to keep everything that’s important to them, safe, sound and accessible. www.getyourstufftogether.com

No one will ever forget the footage from Superstorm Sandy of family after family searching through the wreckage of their homes for their keepsakes, only to find their most cherished possessions completely ruined. Don’t let this tragedy happen to YOUR parents. In this book you’ll learn how to help them back up their photos, videos, vinyl albums & address books, how to record and safeguard their vital information, medical history and vital documents. $12.95 Buy now at Amazon.com Read more about it

 

Raise Money & Save Lives!  Free Customized Editions of our books make a great fundraiser for your organization, companyor an extra stream of income for you.  

Your Business Continuity Plan May Be Missing Something…  Like your employees, for instance?  If your city is struck by a tornado, earthquake or other disaster, it isn’t just your company that will be affected – so will your employees.  That’s why you need to make sure they’re as prepared for an emergency as YOU are.  Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.  Read More About It

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How To Back Up Your Parent’s Print Photos

How To Back Up Your Parent’s Printed Photos 

I don’t know about you, but the worst part about watching coverage of earthquakes — like the quakes in Ecuador and Japan — is the look on victim’s faces as they pick through the rubble of their homes, trying to find a photo of their wedding or of their children.  
In today’s world, now that we have cell phones, taking photos has become almost a daily event.  If one gets harmed or destroyed, we just print out another copy.  Not true though for old family photos that are hanging on the wall, or worse, stuck like glue inside a yellowed photo album.  
And where will you find most of those old photos?  At your parent’s and grandparent’s house — where unfortunately one-of-a-kind can mean just that.  One copy and that’s it! What a horrible thing it would be for them or for you to be left without the pictures you treasure the most, especially when keeping them safe and sound is so easy.
So give this post a quick read, grab the tools you need for the job and let’s get Mom and Dad’s photos squared away once and for all!
As you know, there are two types of photos.  The first are photo prints – basically anything that is a physical photo, whether it’s in a frame, in an album or lurking in the back of a kitchen or desk drawer.  In order to archive those photos, you’ll need to scan them and get them into a digital format so that they can be put on a computer or portable hard drive.  That’s what we’ll be dealing with in this chapter.  The second type of photo is a digital photo – which we help you back up and archive in another post.  
One thing that makes print photos harder to archive than other keepsakes is the simple fact that we get so used to seeing our favorite photos hanging around the house, that we don’t always think to take them off the wall and scan them for safekeeping.  
So your first task is to locate all of your parent’s physical photos.  Don’t forget to look for all the albums, photos in drawers or files and those hanging in frames on the walls or sitting on the bookshelf.   Then you’ll decide which of those photos you want to archive for safekeeping.  After that, we’ll get them scanned.  
If there are a lot of photos around the house, you’ll probably need some help dealing with all of your pictures.  Why not declare one day “scanning day”.  Invite a bunch of good friends over to help, and if you have as much fun as we think you will, next time have them bring over their own photos to scan.  Do you have kids?  That’s even better – they’ll have a great time helping.
1. Grab a pencil and paper, and go around the house jotting down all the non-digital photos or photo collections you want to secure and their current location.
2. Gather all of the photos that you located. Although all of your photos are important, some mean more to your parents than others.
Take a few moments to look at the photo albums, prints and framed photos and separate them into two different piles.
  • In the first pile, place photos that you want to copy and save in a digital format, for safekeeping.
  • In the second pile, place photos that you:
    • Already have in digital format and could easily recopy if the one you’re holding was harmed or destroyed.
    • Have numerous other copies of the photo in other locations. Check to make sure that this is actually true, before you decide not to scan them.
    • Simply don’t care enough about to keep it disaster safe.
  • You can go ahead and put the photos in the second pile back where you found them.
3. Scan Away!
Take the photos in the first pile, scan each one and download it to your computer, placing them in a brand new folder. When you’re finished, make one copy of that complete folder.  Place the original folder in with the other digital photos on your computer.  Then place the copy of the folder into the backup folder you created earlier.
If you already have digital photos on your computer, save these scanned photos to a new folder within your photos folder.  For example, ScannedPrintPhotos, so you’ll know at a glance which photos are the ones you scanned.
4. Make Sure You Back Up ALL Your Photos To At Least Three Locations
Once you have finished scanning, copy that folder containing all of your photos — the digital ones and the ones you just scanned and save it with a different name, like Photo Archive Backup, with today’s date.   Place a copy of your backup folder in at least three different locations.  Here are a few suggestions of safe places to store them:
•On a flash drive or portable hard drive, and take them with you during evacuation on a key ring or in your plastic evacuation bin.
•On a flash drive or portable hard drive, in a safe deposit box or water/fireproof safe in your own city.
•On a flash drive or portable hard drive, in a safe deposit box, water/fireproof safe, or with relatives in the city where you’ll be evacuating.
•In a password-protected online file repository or on the file directory of your family’s personal web site.  This way, you can retrieve them from any Internet-enabled computer.
•You can also save an extra copy of your photos on Flickr or another internet photo service.  But this really shouldn’t be your long-term solution or only solution, since you have no control over these sites and could lose all of your data without any warning.
•If you really want to keep photos on a secure site that you can share with your family, try iMemories.com.  Not only do they have great servers with outstanding redundant backup capability, but they can even put your photos on DVD for you, providing an extra layer of safety.
If you need more help scanning your photos — or if you have delicate or color challenged photos that need a bit more attention, here are a few tips.
How To Scan Your Photos
There are several great ways to scan your photos.  Just to clarify, a scanner is different than a copy machine, because a scanner makes an exact digital copy of a photo.  It’s a world of difference from a photo copy, which is usually pretty bad.  In many cases a scan of a photo is better than the original.  And the nice thing about them is that once you scan a photo, you can save it onto your computer, share it with family and friends or use photo software to correct faded color, repair damage or otherwise restore old photographs.
Most printers available now are three or four in one printers, that scan as well as print.  You can also scan your photos with a dedicated flatbed scanner (all it does is scan).
Or you can scan your photos with a portable wand scanner, as we mentioned earlier.  Portable wand scanners, like the VuPoint Wand Scanner, have come a long way.  They run on batteries or are rechargeable and save anything you scan onto an SD card.  From there, you can download the scans/photos directly to your computer, via a USB cord, or you can pop the SD card out of the scanner and pop it into your computer to archive your scans.
The best part about having a portable wand scanner is that you can scan photos, documents, even things like marriage certificates or historical documents by swiping the scanner over it, instead of having to take all of those documents home and putting them, one at a time, through your scanner.  It’s especially good, like we said, for scanning photos at relative’s homes.  If they don’t want the photo leaving the house, just take the scanner over and scan the photos you want.   Amazingly, if you’re dealing with a fragile photo, you can even scan it right in the frame.  Or if you have delicate photos in a photo album – have you ever tried to peel photos out of an album without damaging them – you can simply open the book and sweep the scanner over the page.  Then all you have to do is open the scanned page and crop the photos apart, saving each one as a separate photo.  Photos archived, originals safeguarded!
One other scanner we wanted to mention is one that stands out among all the others in the marketplace, for color correction. It’s the Epson Perfection line of scanners, with Epson’s Easy Photo Fix software.   There are several models on Amazon.com.  Do you have any of those photos from the seventies and eighties that ended up a muddled brown-orange mess?   All you have to do is use the Auto Fix setting on the scanner and then scan your seventies photos.  The scanner corrects the color while it scans.  Truly amazing!  
If you don’t have access to a scanner, then have a relative or friend scan them for you.  Scanning is by far the cheapest and most effective way of safeguarding your important photos.  If you can’t get them scanned, go to a copy shop like Fed Ex-Kinko’s and have copies made of all your photos, using non-acid paper.  This will ensure that they will last longer and will fade less as they age.
Now that you know what you’re doing, scan all the loose prints that you want to preserve.  The higher the dpi the better the quality, so use 300 or 600 on your oldest, most treasured photos.  Then save the scans to your computer to back them up.
Fixing Faded or Damaged Old Photos
Once you have all of your photos or documents scanned and saved, look through and find any that are damaged, faded or yellowed and see if you can edit them to get them into better shape.  
A lot of people run right for their favorite photo software programs — like Adobe Photoshop Elements. Adobe is definitely one of the best and we’ve used it on our own photos with great results.  But the problem is, there are so many tools within it to fix your photos, that it can be a little difficult, not to mention daunting, to use.   One day, Mom and I had had it, trying to get the results we wanted on some of our pictures that needed a lot of color correction.  So we began to look for a way to get the correction we wanted in the same few steps (and I mean FEW), whether the pictures were simply faded or way out of whack.
I’m happy to say we found it.  Or rather created it!  We found five steps that work to color correct nearly any photo of any age, using Photoshop Elements and put them into our book Photo Finish.  It’s downloadable for a limited time.  Below is one of the photos that we edited using those five steps. That’s me at Disneyland when I was about four.  If you have a lot of pictures from the fifties to the eighties that have turned strange shades, download a free copy of our book.  
No matter what method you use to scan and back up your parent’s or grandparent’s old photos, the beaming grins on their faces will tell you exactly how much this — and you — mean to them!
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Whether your smartphone is just a phone to you or a little mobile assistant that holds all of your most critical information, you’ll probably agree that losing your phone would be a major pain. 
Cell phones and smartphones are basically our links to the outside world.  It wasn’t as much of a problem a few years ago to lose one, because we all had landlines, or office phones, or jobs that actually didn’t depend on constant access to email, voicemail and the internet.  But now, losing, dropping or otherwise destroying your phone is tantamount to putting yourself temporarily out of order! 
Here are a few ways to keep from losing or destroying your phone.
Zomm, The Digital Leash For Your Smartphone

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The two things we love most about smartphones are the two things that make them most vulnerable.  They’re small and mobile.  How many times a day do you see someone walking around holding their phone in their hand?  They’re not talking or texting, they’re just holding it.  Until they go to pick up something else.  Then they put it down.  And walk away…  Without it.  Not that you would ever do something like that, right?
Fortunately, now there is a way for your phone to tell you where it is!  It’s called Zomm.   Zomm is a poker chip-sized device that’s a virtual leash for your cell phone.  All you do is put your Zomm on your keychain and if you go more than ten feet away from your phone – or if it “wanders” ten feet away from you – it lets out a loud alert to remind you to go back and grab it ASAP.  It’s also great if someone helps themselves to your phone!  Kind of like giving your phone a way to call for help.
And that’s not all Zomm can do.  With the Zomm car kit, it also becomes a hands-free speakerphone and an emergency panic button.  Just a push of the button summons 911 or a pre-programmed emergency number like your spouse or your friend.  
Find My iPhone or iPad App 
With Find My iPhone, one of Apple’s most popular apps, if you misplace your iPhone or iPad, you can send a signal to your misplaced device, to have it send out a signal so you can locate it, the moment you realize it’s missing.  With the GPS locator built into the app, you can also find the phone via your Mac or iPad.  And if the phone has been stolen, the app also includes a way to immediately wipe it of all information and disable it.  Crisis averted, thanks to Find My iPhone! 
DriFone Smartphone Rescue Dry Case

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Have you ever dropped your phone in water?  We haven’t, thank goodness, but we sure have a lot of friends who have, and it can be a nightmare!  People have as many tricks to dry out a waterlogged phone as there are types of cell phones.  But no matter how sure your best friend is that her method works best, there is one tried and true way to bring a drowned phone back to life. 
It’s called DriFone (by the makers of Dry All and it’s a special drying case for smartphones that fits most types of popular phones.  And even if it doesn’t fit your phone, Dry All has a variety of drying bags filled with patented drying material to bring nearly every wet phone back to life.  So if you or your spouse has a tendency to drop phones into water, you should probably keep one or two kits on hand.  
Lookout Phone Backup
The Lookout Mobile Security App, which works with Android and BlackBerry smartphones, can help you locate a missing phone via an onscreen map or lock your phone if it’s lost or stolen.  You can also use it to back up the contacts on your phone and if you lose your phone or if it crashes, you can simply transfer all of your contacts to your new phone. 
While you’re here, be sure to check out our other posts like How To Put An ICE Contact On Your iPhone, or How To ICE Your Samsung Galaxy to learn everything you need to know about ICEing your phone.  And while you’re feeling proactive, don’t forget to put ICE Contacts on your spouse’s and kid’s phones too, along with each other’s contact information.   

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