3 levels of backups! (iPhone / iPad)

Many of us know to make backup copies of our files (photos, videos, and other documents) but don’t do it regularly.

Well here are 3 easy ways to do that!
And yes, you want 3 copies just in case things go really bad! 🙂

  1. Use a ‘cloud’ service like iCloud to make copies of all your important files. (Android users, see Google Drive or Dropbox, etc.)
    Go to your “Settings” to see if you have it turned on:
    *
  2. Periodically plug in your device to your laptop/desktop, and then with iTunes manually back it up by clicking “Back Up Now”! Lastly, setup a Reminder* or Notification on your iPhone to remind yourself to do this weekly or monthly!*
  3. And then copy those files to an external hard drive that you store inside of a fire safe OR a memory stick that you keep in your pocket or purse on your keyring!

Images and idea for Reminder from appletoolbox.com/extra-level-backup-ipad-iphone
Note: i also put a star next to “Notification” above because I’m thinking of a different app — Google Calendar — really doesn’t matter whether you use iOS’s Reminders or notifications from another app to get the job done. Tis just personal preference.

Sign up for Apple’s security announcements!

Use an iPhone or iPad or another Apple product like one of their excellent laptops or maybe the Apple Watch?

Then you really need to get security notifications of when they have problems.

To do so, go to lists.apple.com > “Lists hosted on this site” > “Security-announce” and subscribe. Put in your email address.

It’s usually a few emails every couple of months but today there were a LOT:

Yes, your device will let you know when there is an update but these emails serve as a 2nd reminder to not procrastinate updating!
AND they contain links to more info if you have questions on the Update process.

I highly recommend signing up!

P.S. The direct link for the sign-up page is https://lists.apple.com/mailman/listinfo/security-announce
Just put in an email address and click Subscribe:

(the name and password boxes are Optional. Just skip them.)

That’s it! Do it! 🙂 You’ll thank yourself later!

Need a screenshot? Am loving Firefox’s built-in tool.

Just wanted to do a micro-blog post here about the Screenshotting tool in Firefox.  I love it!  Screenshots from websites are what I mostly do so having it right in the browser instead of having to do a keyboard combo on Mac or open Snipping Tool on Windows makes it really convenient.  It has a page block or element feature that is better than any screen shot tool/app that I’ve seen so far.  Thank you,  Mozilla Foundation!