Taking photos with a mobile phone rather than a point-and-shoot camera has been the standard method of recording memories for quite some time. It’s convenient, easily accessible, and allows for almost instantaneous sharing. Long lost are the days of waiting for rolls of film to be developed or sitting down to reminisce over physical photo albums; these images are most often stored either on the device itself or within a social media account. What would happen though if you were to lose that device or delete that social media account? If your device isn’t backing up to a particular cloud hosting solution, when the device is lost, your photos would be lost along with it.
Then, of course, there is always the question of the security and reliability of those cloud services. iCloud, for example, has had several breaches that have led to photos being exposed to the public.
Thankfully there’s an alternative. GoodSync is a secure backup and synchronization software that lets you easily back up your mobile photos to a secondary device of your choosing. While existing social media platforms can act as a stand-in, they have never been a secure solution as their terms of service agreements often state that any user-created material uploaded to their platform, relinquishes all client ownership, instead transferring that ownership to the platform. This means that if your images are lost, exposed to an unintended audience, or used for targeted advertising, the platform is in no way responsible. Such policies, for obvious reasons, have led to scrutiny. Cloud hosting solutions are not significantly better as the security and availability of your data is not fully guaranteed. Subsequently, it’s in your best interest to take the additional steps necessary to protect yourself and ensure the availability of your data.
Our previous blog post discussed GoodSync’s encryption capability. Not only can you back up your files to the location of your choosing, but you can also encrypt the data as an added measure of security and privacy. For example, if you choose to save a copy of your files with a popular cloud service provider, with GoodSync’s encryption, you can ensure these providers are not viewing your private images. It’s as simple as checking a box and specifying the password that will be used to encrypt the files. A back up can also be conveniently performed over the internet, eliminating the need for a physical connection. This means that once a backup is scheduled, it can be performed even when you’re on the move.
To recap, by linking your mobile phone with a GoodSync Connect Account, you can automatically sync your mobile photos directly to your home computer, offsite storage location, or cloud hosting provider. This minimizes the consequences of losing your device, while also maximizing your security.
To back up your photos from your Android device, click here.
To create an encrypted backup with a GoodSync Connect device, click here.