Save your personal data before it is too late.

Do you store and share your photos online? Watch out.

“As of February 1st, 2008 the ImageStation online service is permanently closed.”
Sony ImageStation, Feb 1, 2008

“Photo site Digital Railroad derailed completely.” CNet News Oct 29, 2008

“The AOL Pictures online photo service is now closed.” AOL July 14th 2008

“Yahoo Photos going dark as Flickr shines on.” USA Today May 4th 2007

“If the amount of storage you use is equal to 2 gigabytes (GB) or less, you must make purchases totaling at least $4.99 once every 12 months. If your storage amounts to over 2 GB, you must make purchases totaling at least $19.99 once every 12 months. If you do not meet the applicable minimum purchase requirement, your photos may be deleted.” Kodak March 13, 2009

“Users of the Fotango photo-sharing website were thrown into disarray today after finding out that the company has abruptly announced that it will close down the site next month.” Photography Press June14th 2006

“On approximately September 15, 2005, the HP Photo site was permanently closed, and is no longer accessible.” Snapfish Sep 15, 2005

“Zing.com, an online photography site backed by venture capital powerhouse Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, said it will shutter its consumer operations next month.” CNet News June 13, 2001

It is not just the online photo storing sites, even cloud services that offer file storage are closing down…

“Thank you for your interest in HP Upline. The HP Upline service has been discontinued as of March 31, 2009.” HP March 31, 2009

“Yahoo’s Briefcase online storage service, which soldiered on for almost 10 years with a distinctly Web 1.0 capacity of 30MB, is finally being shut down.” PC World March 30, 2009

“The Xdrive service is closed. Thank you for having been an Xdrive user.” Xdrive July 14th 2008
Does this bother you? Is your data safe and secure?

If giants such as Yahoo, HP, and Sony closed their online storage services then it is a real possibility that it can happen to any company any time.

So what can you do?

  1. Remember that Your data is secure and safe at no other place other than your PC.
  2. Create a backup plan and backup the data in your hard drive at regular intervals.
  3. Avoid storing sensitive data and personal photos online that you cannot afford to lose.

Hmm… But some of us want to share this data with friends and family.

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) service: With a P2P service, you can directly share your files and photos with your network of friends and family without having to upload to web or email the photos and files.

Good.. But I want to access my files and photos from anywhere.

Tonido gives you the best of both worlds. Tonido does Peer-to-Peer file and photo sharing. In addition, Tonido gives an unique benefit of accessing files, photos, music etc that reside on your PC from anywhere.

2 Responses

  1. It’s not just apps shutting down – ma.gnolia, for example, lost all their customer’s data because of their flawed backup strategy. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that some sort of backup solution will be needed for cloud apps. I’d say that’s a business opportunity right there…

  2. Madhan says:

    @Aleksander Thanks for pointing ma.gnolia out. Shocking to say the least.

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