The Tech Guy Blog

Maintain your browser history, cache, and extensions.

When you're browsing numerous sites daily, a lot of information can be stored by your browser to help you return to a website in the future, or help improve your browsing experience. Sometimes, you may accidentally go to the wrong site that could be malicious, or when you download software, certain things can be installed on your browser that you don't want or that you are unaware of. 

Multiple Smaller Drives are More Reliable than 1 Massive Hard Drive

Leo advises to buy multiple smaller hard drives over one extremely large hard drive. The bigger the size, the higher the error rate...which can be catastrophic in the worst case scenario. In any case, move away from old spinning drives to faster Solid-state Drives (SSD), where the cost per gigabyte is getting conveniently cheaper. You may have so much storage in the future that you could forget to discipline yourself on cleaning out files!

Backing Up Your Hard Drive Correctly

When backing up data, it's best to create more than one backup of your data. If that one backup were to fail, you'll be out of luck on recovering your data and may potentially have to spend money on a service to help recover your data for you. Even then, it may not be possible.

The best practice to backing up your data is following a 3-2-1 backup strategy: three backups, on two different media, and one off-site. The site, dpBestflow.org, is a great resource that shows you how to appropriately back up your data. 

Digitizing & Organizing Photos

When scanning your old photos and scrapbooks, there are plenty of services that can do them for you. However, there is a risk when using these services and shipping your items to them. Ideally, you would want to take your items to a local photo company that will do it in-house and not ship it anywhere.

Use Reputable Apps to Scan Sensitive Documents

If you are scanning important, sensitive documents with your cell phone and sending those files over the internet, make sure to use an app from a reputable, reliable company. Do not use apps from relatively unknown developers, where images could potentially be intercepted. On Android phones, use Google Drive's scan option. On iPhone, open the Notes app and hit the + sign, then tap the "Scan Documents" option. Evernote Scannable is also a legitimate high-quality (free) scanning app.