cloud backup

How can I backup my photos privately?

Episode 1371

Lisa from Channel Hills, CA
Google Photos

Lisa wants to know what the future holds for saving storage and media when it comes to her personal data like photos and videos. Leo says that optical and physical media has been weeding itself out for quite some time, even though we still have hard drives. The trend is heading towards the cloud. The benefit is that she doesn't have to worry about file formats. She could continue to use hard drives, as they are getting cheaper and denser, but it's on her to keep them updated with the latest.

Is my data safe in the cloud?

Episode 1365

Alan from Santa Rosa, CA
Samsung Chromebook Plus

Alan wants a Chromebook, but he doesn't want to save his banking data in the web. What can he do? Alan can store locally if he has network attached storage, but then he'll have to make sure he can sync properly. The Cloud is safe, especially with the Chromebook. Google does a very good job with security. It's a lot safer than a Windows machine. And Alan should remember, his ISP sees everything and saves everything anyway.

What happened to my Documents folder on macOS?

Episode 1361

Doug from Hollywood, CA
macOS Sierra

Doug recently updated to macOS 10.12.3 and now he's getting a lot of beach balling. Leo says that Apple made a change to macOS that turns the Documents folder into an iCloud folder, and Apple never warned anyone about it. Fortunately, he can turn it off in the System Preferences. That's probably where the problem lies. What Apple has discovered is that they make almost as much from services like iCloud as they do from selling iPhones. So they're more likely driving him towards putting all of his data in the cloud so he'll have to buy more space.

How can I restore my WhatsApp chats to the iPhone?

Episode 1359

Gordon from Los Angeles, CA
WhatsApp for iOS

Gordon has made the switch to the iPhone and wants to know how to get his old WhatsApp messages back on his iPhone. Leo says that it was smart that Gordon backed it up to Google Drive, but WhatsApp says it depends on the phone being used. Since you recover chats from iCloud, Leo has a hunch it's not cross platform. Apple is very strict on how users can access data within the iPhone platform, but it's usually app centric.

Since Gordon backed them up, he can at least access them from Google Drive.

How can I back up the images from my smartphone?

Tracy from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1346

Tracy's phone crashed on her and she lost her data. She now has Google Photos, but she's noticed it's not backing up every photo. Leo says to check the backup and sync settings in the app. If she has "only backup on Wi-Fi" enabled, it will only backup when it's connected to Wi-Fi. Also, she should make sure that she's backing up from all her possible device folders. If she has unlimited data, she can enable backup while on cellular. She may also be turning off cellular to save bandwidth on some apps like Google Photos.

How can I get my data from Verizon?

Louis from Michigan

Episode 1346

Louis is having an issue with his cellphone after he dropped it, so he decided to go with a prepaid version. All of his data is in the Verizon cloud and they won't let him retrieve it. Leo says that's because he's no longer a customer. Samsung has a backup system, as does Google. So he should be able to go through them. It's terrible that Verizon won't give him back his personal data. It's likely though that Verizon has dumped his data by now.

Is my data safe in the cloud?

Chris from Miami, FL

Episode 1284

Chris is worried about storing all his stuff in the cloud. If the cloud goes down, will he lose everything? Leo says that storing in the cloud is practical because we use multiple computers and as such, he'll need to have a central storage area for all of them to contribute to. But the downside is that if he loses access to the cloud, he'll lose access to the data. That's why having a local backup is so important.