Supporting a local small business on Facebook is simple to do, takes very little time and is absolutely free.
When you like, share or comment on a Facebook post, all your friends can potentially see it. That kind of exposure is incredibly valuable for smaller locally owned businesses who don’t have the budget for lots of paid advertising.
You can also check in to local businesses on your smartphone. This shows that the business is active and has a good customer base.
If you buy their products or use their services, consider leaving them a review on Facebook, Yelp! or Google. Reviews are vital to your online presence.
A business with lots of activity on their Facebook page is likely to show up closer to the top of Google’s search rankings than a page that has little to no activity.
For example, if there are two pizza restaurants in town, Google has to decide which order to rank them when you search for pizza. If one has a Facebook page with lots of likes, comments and reviews, and people are checking in regularly but the other has no Facebook page, or a page without any activity, Google uses that information (among other factors) to make their decision.
Even if you don’t buy the product or use the service, your likes shares and comments can make a huge difference for a local small business, so please take the time to help them out.
70 Million smartphones are lost each year, and over 3 million are stolen. And smartphones can be hacked and infected as well.
Family photos and videos, important documents (work related and personal), large music collections, saved emails, and other files could be lost forever.
Data recovery may be possible in some cases, but depending on the problem the cost can run between $100 and $2000. And in some cases, there’s no way to recover your data.
THE BACKUP RULE OF THREE
Here’s the rule of three (or the Backup 3-2-1 rule).
♦ 3 different copies (or more) of your files.
♦ 2 different backup formats. External drive + Cloud Storage, or DVD + SD card, or USB Flash drive + email account.
♦ 1 Backup in a different location.
A COMPLETE BACKUP SOLUTION
For some people, setting up a complete backup seems confusing or too time consuming, which is where my complete backup solution comes in.
♦ A 1TB external USB hard drive is included for local backups.
♦ I will configure your computer(s) for daily backups of your important files. In the event that you don’t have the drive connected and you miss a backup (or several), it will “catch up” whenever it is reconnected.
♦ I set up a free cloud backup solution for photos & videos. The 3 I use most often are Google Photos, Flickr, and Amazon Photos (Amazon Prime membership required).
♦ Your smartphone will also be set up for the photo and video cloud solution. This can be set up on additional smartphones and tablets as well.
♦ I will burn a BLU-Ray of your files (50GB included) . This is your “master copy”. You can think of this as the equivalent of photo negatives back in the old days. Additional copies $10 each. These copies are good for storing offsite because they are small and light.
This leaves you with a local copy that you can access quickly, a master copy stored offsite, and a cloud solution for photos and videos that merges all the photos from any desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones into one online account for easy viewing and sharing. All the back ups will run automatically on a regular basis, so there’s nothing to worry about.
Package cost = $200
Broken down over a year, that’s 55 cents a day for a complete backup solution that will go on for years.
If you have any questions or want to schedule a time to get backed up, please contact me.
If you are an Amazon prime member, in addition to free two day shipping, there are a host of benefits, including free unlimited photo storage.
If you’ve seen my post about Google Photos, you know they also offer free unlimited photo andvideo storage, but they reduce the quality slightly.
Amazon lets you save your photos and videos at full resolution, with an unlimited number of photos (and even supports RAW file formats), but only gives 5 GB for video and other file storage. Users with large video collections are probably better off using Google Photos, but if you are already an Amazon Prime member and only need to back up photos, this is a great option.
You can easily share your photos using a shareable link, or you can share by email, Facebook, or Twitter.
After installing the software, log in to your Amazon prime account.
The program automatically selects the most used folders and checks them off. If there are folders selected that you’d rather not back up, just uncheck them.
I selected “Choose Files” under the blue Upload Folders button, because I had files and folders in a different place that I wanted to include in the backup.
Pressing the “Select Folder” button allowed me to backup files on my external and network drives.
As you can see, I have a whopping 544, 363 files to back up, totaling 1.94 TB, The Amazon photos app will continue to run in the background, uploading all the time until it catches up. It’s going to take a long time, but I sleep better at night knowing everything is backed up in multiple locations.