Why We Are Raving On Google Photos’ Photo Books

Sure. You know our passion for preserving photographs. But, your memories can take on a whole new dimension after those analog pictures, 35mm slides and film negatives are scanned. The next step. The newest innovation in photo sharing to inspire your creativity to archive, share and enjoy all your photos, including those digitized by ScanMyPhotos.com is the new Google Photos Photo Books. We are raving!



The secured home for all your photos and videos, with Google Photos, your pictures are automatically organized and easy to share. If you use Nixplay, your entire library of pictures are added to your Photo Books and available for ordering digital photo frames.


Photo books from Google Photos: Give the gift of memories to the people you care about. Starting at just $9.99, photo books are crafted responsibly using premium materials and are an easy, affordable way to share life’s best moments.



[From the Google Photos website]


  • Customize your book in minutes. Easily move pictures, add a title, and choose a cover design. And unlike photo albums, you create a photo book once and can order copies for everyone.
  • Find your best shots quickly. Start with a simple search of a person, place, or thing. Then, Google Photos will save you time by locating the right pictures and helping pick the best ones — automatically.
  • The best memories delivered. All photo books are printed using premium materials that are responsibly sourced. Get started today from your phone, tablet, or computer.

How to download pictures:



An easy tutorial on how to use Google Photos’ Photo Books


How to download your pictures to create photo albums from Google Photos



 

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HuffPost: Preserve Your Precious Photos Before Disaster Strikes

One billion pictures were destroyed just from the flooding due to the ravages of Hurricane Harvey last August. The recent wildfires have caused more devastation.


Now, more family memories were ruined by the recent wildfires. While this past Weather Channel explains why there is an urgency to protect your pictures, the Huffington Post shares these new insights and three solutions. Reported by Andrea Smith,  the award-winning technology reporter, producer, consultant, and speaker, shares smart tips to digitize your pictures.



Three Ways to Preserve Your Precious Photos Before Disaster Strikes


Excerpt:


You hear it in each heartbreaking interview with a suddenly-homeless person. “We lost everything, our family photos, our wedding pictures, it’s all gone.”


With the ongoing fires in California, as well as the recent floods and hurricanes that ravaged several states and Puerto Rico, destroying an untold number of homes, it’s time to think about digitizing your precious memories. Losing everything you own in a flood or fire is an unimaginable thought. The good news is clothing, furniture, and even entire houses can be replaced, but charred photos are lost forever.


Yeah, I know, it’s the holidays and you’re busy, but before you move onto the next thing and completely forget about those shoe boxes of old photos tucked away in the attic, or the dusty albums your grandparents left behind, convert them to digital because no one ever counts on a disaster happening.


Scanning Service


We recently talked to Mitch Goldstone, President and CEO of ScanMyPhotos.com on my Parenting Bytes podcast.

You can listen to the interview to understand both how important and how easy it is to do, but he said the most popular option is the fill-the-box photo scanning service. Here’s how it works:


For $145, you order a pre-paid box, which you fill to the brim with photos. It holds up to 1800 (I sent in 1300) and the cost includes three-way shipping; a box to you, box to them, box back to you. Organizing the photos can be tricky because most people want to group them chronologically, but they ask you to group by size. You can top each group or select photos with an index card noting the subject, and that will get scanned as well.


ScanMyPhotos handles photos from 3”x 3” up to 8”x 10” and they also offer a photograph restoration service, as well as slide and negative scanning. Processing takes about 5-10 days and is done at their lab in California. There’s an option for expedited processing at an additional cost.


The pictures are scanned at 150 dpi resolution, which is great for sharing on social media and adding to a family slideshow. Higher resolutions (300 and 600 dpi) are available at an additional cost. When you receive your box back, you’ll get all your original pictures, along with a DVD with all the scanned images on it. You can order an extra copy, or have them burned to a flash drive, all for an extra cost. From there, you can upload them to your computer, organize them however you want and easily share them with your friends and family.


Now comes the important part. Make copies of that DVD or flash drive and put them in locations outside of your home. Whether you give them to a relative, send them to your kids, or store them in your safe deposit box at the bank, make sure you have a copy outside of your home, just in case.


In addition to storing a disc with my sister, I also uploaded all the images to Google Photos which uses its image recognition software to help me organize them into albums. And I have the extra security of knowing they’re stored safely in the cloud.



 

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Why Not to Upload Pictures to Facebook

[updated August 14, 2018]


As the prior scandal escalated to 87 million compromised users, until the growing privacy concerns are resolved, ScanMyPhotos urges against uploading pictures to Facebook. Since this original post, even more chaos has ensued.


We were rooting for Facebook, the social networking company, but they lost our trust and must restore its forfeited trust with an impenetrable fix to all data breaches.


Until then, ScanMyPhotos.com is urging all, including its worldwide customers who had pictures digitized to delete them from Facebook.


Even worse than monitoring all the advertisement you click, your personal profile, all IP addresses you have, knowing your friend’s data, all your activities, the pictures you tagged, are your pictures. After ScanMYPhotos digitizes pictures, and Facebook’s users upload it, that is when the real breach happens.



 

WE URGE YOU DON’T UPLOAD ANY SCANNED PICTURES TO FACEBOOK!


• The hidden costs of a “free” Facebook

• Are they hacking into your life from the pictures we scanned, you upload?

• Interpreting, analyzing, machine-learning algorithms to classify, harvest, monetize your pictures?


The hidden ways Facebook is tracking every user:



JULY 26, 2018 update via Recode:


Facebook’s second-quarter results revealed that it is no longer growing in the U.S. and Canada, its most valuable geographic region; shares dropped nearly 20 percent in after-hours trading and will likely fall this morning when the market opens. The social media giant added just 22 million new daily active users worldwide, its lowest increase since at least early 2011. Facebook has been hampered by scandal after scandal for the past 18 months, but until now, it hasn’t seen an impact on user growth or revenue.


Founded in 1990, ScanMyPhotos, based in Irvine, Calif. has digitized more than 600 million pictures. As longtime advocates on important consumer and social issues, the company is urging every Facebook user to delete their account and not upload any pictures. However, we are supportive of Facebook regarding how it tags photographs.



ScanMyPhotos is an unaffiliated content provider for all photo-sharing app innovators, including the behemoth Facebook platform. Yet, the photographic data that was digitized, then uploaded may become a doormat for data breaches. Will it be used by advertisers who wield the market power to control content, often without any awareness by Facebook’s unsuspecting users? Another looming issue is the tagging of photos without users’ consent.


Cambridge Analytica LLC, the British-based data mining company accused of exploiting and improperly obtaining personal information from upwards of 87 million Facebook users underscores an alarming practice. With $40 billion in 2017 advertising revenues, Facebook is everywhere and boasts 2 billion monthly users. One-quarter of all people use the platform which leads to lots of eyeballs, yet may be unsecured from fraud and misappropriating content shared by its users.


“Protecting the privacy of customers is the core of everything we do at ScanMyPhotos, yet Facebook let us and every user down. As loyalist advocates, we had recommended people upload their newly digitized pictures to post and share on Facebook,” said Mitch Goldstone, President & CEO of the e-commerce photo digitization service.



As Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepares to appear at a House Committee hearing on April 11 to discuss data privacy, we have a question.   Does Facebook keep the metadata information from all the uploaded pictures? if so, is this another privacy issue and opportunity for more data breaches?  Do they market and sell this information?


Ever since its epic data breach, we have been troubled. They indirectly built our business — most of the 500 million pictures digitized by ScanMyPhotos were uploaded by customers to the Facebook platform. As one of Facebook’s first loyalist advocates — they spotlighted the need to digitize old photos to upload — now it’s principles over profits. While Facebook does filter out EXIF and geotagging data when users upload pictures as part of its data retention, is all that private metadata coding information still retained by them? If so, what does Facebook do with it?


Among the officially posted Facebook data policies are:


  • Things you do and information you provide. We collect the content and other information you provide when you use our Services, including when you sign up for an account, create or share, and message or communicate with others. This can include information in or about the content you provide, such as the location of a photo or the date a file was created. We also collect information about how you use our Services, such as the types of content you view or engage with or the frequency and duration of your activities.



The problem with Facebook goes beyond making sure this does not happen again. It must be regulated, just as all other advertising is, and they must also lead with an “honest ads act” transparency law.


Founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg in Cambridge, MA, the CEO said: “privacy issues have always been incredibly important to people. One of our biggest responsibilities is to protect data.”



In response, Goldstone explained that “the social-media advertising company’s market power and priorities are misguided, as privacy must be their single biggest imperative. This is why they are now embroiled in this historic controversy. Facebook’s unsuspecting users are just the product, as the advertisers have become the customers.”


Few ever read or understand the legal terms of service contract prior to hypnotically clicking to approve. What happens to the uploaded pictures? Will a forensic audit of the firm reveal whether not just users’ background information, but their content and pictures may have been exploited and breached?


While Mr. Zuckerberg agrees to rectify the lost trust, he hasn’t “seen a meaningful number of people act on that [Delete Facebook campaign].” ScanMyPhotos hopes to get on their radar along with millions of others to create a movement to help restore trust. However, the advertising-supported business model, where users are the product is broken. According to Brian X. Chen, lead consumer technology writer for The New York Times, deleting Facebook is just the beginning as they own many other apps which are under its umbrella, including WhatsApp and Instagram. Closing your account may take days to process. For many, especially businesses, it is not so easy to delete Facebook as it has become a primary means to conduct commerce.


From an interview with The Wall Street Journal’s Deepa Seetharaman: Zuckerberg says the Facebook probe into apps won’t uncover all data abuse and the company will investigate tens of thousands of apps; describing the probe as a ‘deterrent’ rather than a solution.  The correct answer is Facebook must create an impenetrable fix to guarantee a 100% solution. There are also easy ways to download and protect your Facebook data. This overview by NBC News’ Senior Business Reporter, Ben Popken explains how to copy your Facebook data and prevents apps from sharing your information.



In a 2009 interview with the BBC’s Laura Trevelyan, when asked “so just to be clear, you’re not going to sell, or share, any of the information,” Zuckerberg replied: “the person who’s putting the content on Facebook always owns it… This is their information and they own it. What the terms say is just, we’re not going to share people’s information.”


 

 



The Zuckerberg “I’m sorry” apology tour just does not cut it. This problem occurred three years ago.


Until their public responsibility is resolved and trust restored, ScanMyPhotos presses upon users to #DeleteFacebook.



BONUS: It is nearly magic as we digitize upwards of 300,000 each day. Here is how our banks of professional photo digitizing equipment scans your photos this quickly from our Irvine, Calif headquarters. Click to watch

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Why There Was No Weeping After the Storm Destroyed Generations of Photos

Fran P., a grandmother from Chicago, was emotionless after a storm damaged her family’s photo memories. Decades of pictures turned into a brick-like mass of paper; plastered together after the water damage flooded her shoeboxes of photos that had been sealed and ‘protected’ for years.


Does her method of storing photos sound familiar to you? The sight of all those lost family memories did not distraught Fran; she simply pressed the retrieve button on her computer and the photo restoration was complete with lightning-fast speed. It was more like waving a magic wand to set back the time to fix a potential daunting problem. There was no weeping after the storm turned very personal memories into a stack of useless paper.



Whether, you have film negatives, 35mm slides or photo snapshots, you too can be spared from the next flood or natural disaster if you digitize your images.


ScanMyPhotos.com, a leading photo digitization company, based in California, provides a smart way to remedy the anxiety Fran faced when she realized all of her photos were damaged.


Prepaid fill-the-box photo scanning service with free shipping and handling, along with individual photo scanning are the recommended solution to protect photos, and how to share pictures on Facebook, Instragram, smartphones and other photo sharing platforms.


In the case of Fran, she had ordered the ScanMyPhotos.com prepaid box that holds upwards of 2,000 standard photos, which was mailed to her home and included all return shipping information. It was easy to mail off those photos, and in her case, just in time to have it scanned to DVDs. Along with traditional photo scanning service, we feature rotating pictures, photo enhancement, instant uploading, hard cover bound custom photo index albums; scanning each picture in the order provided with extra DVDs, or thumb drives — as backup.


Once scanned, it is essential to store the Thumb Drives and DVDs of your digitized photos offsite. ScanMyPhotos.com provides very cost-effective volume ordering of extra archival media and recommends you store copies with relatives, in your office, and locked away in safety deposit box vaults. Prepare for the worst and have your preparedness plan in place now.


Related News

In a related story, check out USA Today tech reporter, Jefferson Graham’s story on preserving your memories in which he recommends using ScanMyPhotos as a first step in protecting your photos from natural disasters and organizing past photos.


http://www.scanmyphotos.com/blog/2015/01/jefferson-graham-usa-today-scan-old-photos.html


ScanMyPhotos.com has made a business from the popular trending social media hashtag #TBT (ThrowbackThursday), as everyone wants to share decades past pictures, but can’t unless each is digitized

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#Preparedness Tips by FEMA for Older People

A disaster can occur at any moment. A unique instructional video containing information specific to Older Americans and tips on how to prepare for emergency situations prepared by FEMA and Ready.gov.


Take time to learn lifesaving skills − such as CPR and first aid, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes, and tornados. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas.




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