How to Keep Digital Photos Safe in the Cloud

How to Keep Your Digital Photos Safe in the CloudThe recent celebrity photo-hacking incidents have brought up serious concerns about cloud storage security, and it has sparked more than its fair share of debate, but there’s still one big question left burning: Just how safe is it to use cloud services to store your photos and other digital assets?


Though our specialty is scanning photos, all of us here at ScanMyPhotos use digital cameras just like you, and we regularly upload and store digital photos in the cloud. We also take great pride in the level of security and privacy we offer our clients, so we’d like to help ease the concerns about digital storage by shedding some light on cloud security.


To put things into context, it helps to think of the cloud the same way you would think of your house. A house sitting alone on a hill with the doors wide open is an easy target for thieves. If you want to make sure no one breaks into your home, you’ll need to add layers of security, like installing locks, setting up a burglar alarm or maybe even adopting a large dog.

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NYT Travel Article in Review: What’s Your Photo Storage Personality?

Photos on a clothesline

While we don’t recommend storing your photos this way, it is pretty to look at!

Ever wonder which photo storage sites would best suit your needs? In a recent article, Photo Storage by Personality, New York Times (NYT) Travel columnist Stephanie Rosenbloom recommends photo storage services based on key personality traits.


While this article offers great recommendations for storing digital travel photos, we started to wonder—when it comes to storing printed photos, which personality type would ScanMyPhoto users fall under?


  1. The Social Butterfly: Do you find yourself wanting to upload old road-trip pics so you can easily share them on Facebook or Twitter for a #tbt or #fbf post? If so, Rosenbloom suggests checking out Photobucket for an online service that makes it easy to share your photos to the social media platform of your choice.
  2. The Perfectionist: If your life motto is “there’s a place for everything and everything in its place,” then Flickr may be the photo storage service for you. For personalities who enjoy uploading prints to a virtual online library where they can organize, edit, and access photos, Flickr is a free service any Perfectionist should sign up for.
  3. The Essentialist: I think we can agree that most of us here at ScanMyPhoto are Essentialists who are simply looking for a secure online place to store our vintage vacay shots. We passed along a few suggestions on general cloud storage options a few months ago, but Rosenbloom offers a few more suggestions—like Box or Picturelife—for Essentialists to take advantage of.

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