Are you ready for ????? (Part 2)

Are you ready????

I stopped where I did in the last post for a reason, I wanted to address something to start this post that you have to consider carefully before you decide what type of emergency that you have.  I mentioned that if you have had a major computer crash, lost power or the Internet at your house that you could go someplace else to use the Internet, but before doing this you need to decide if you really have to?  I know people that have an emergency an hour; “this is wrong”, “that happened”, “I cannot”, “I have to” and so on.  One person I know was panicking that they did not have Internet at home, but they had a smart phone that they could still check E-mails, text and post on Facebook but they were upset and were ready to drive 20 minutes in a snow storm to a friend’s house to use their computer when in fact they did not even need the Internet.

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Are you ready for ??????

It could be my upbringing, or it could just be me, but I seem to always be considering the “what ifs”. One of the big what ifs is what would I do if I suffered a major computer failure, or worse if we had a power or Internet failure that caused me to loose access to my computers, or the web, for a day, week or even a month?

Well I know a few things that I would do, first depending on the situation I would more than likely head to the mountains to camp (sorry that is my solution to many things, and it does help 🙂 )……

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External storage

External storage a quick caution (I must sound like a broken record). I am a big fan on using an external hard drive to store images, a low cost VERY effective tool to add storage to your computer. BUT there are a couple things to check, and it seems like many people miss this part …

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Pay me now or pay me later

Back in the day when I was growing up (a long long time ago 🙂 ) there was a TV commercial that had a mechanic saying “you can pay me now or pay me later”. It was in reference to you can pay me to do an oil change on your vehicle today or in …

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We are responsible………..

First let me say that I really feel sorry for the lady that I am about to mention, it makes me sick to think of what she is going through. But with that being said we are responsible as photographers to do everything in our power to protect the images that we take.

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Protecting your digital files

Protecting your digital files has always been a challenge and now we have one more thing to look out for when doing so.  One of the newest issues we are faced with are viruses or trogans that install on your computer then at a set time will lock down your computer and not allow you access to your computer till such a time that you pay for a hacker to unlock your computer. These go by a number of names but the best one that I have heard is Ransomware Virus. I have heard from a number of industry experts that have been dealing with this problem and they tell me that once locked down your computer is done, it is very hard if not impossible to unlock the computer without paying for the code and even then it is iffy that the code will work once the hackers get your money.  A good thing that has happened lately is that with the collapse of the Bitcoin this scam is in a little trouble as the currency the hackers prefered was the untraceable Bitcoin, unfortunately the hackers are changing their operation to account for this and it is continuing to be an issue and to grow.

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