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Should you use email provided by your ISP?

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A close friend of both my wife and I inspired me to write this blog post today. In one way or another, in her case Comcast dropped her account, therefore she lost access to her email, even once re-establishing the account they are unable to retrieve things. So not only did she lose the email account she lost her saved email addresses and contacts that she had compiled for over 10 years. Unfortunately, I see this happen all to often and this is just an example, this occurs across the board with ALL Internet Service Providers (ISPs). If you are currently using an email account through your ISP I suggest first backing up your address book, you can call me or also if you chose, I believe ISPs will explain to you how to do this over the phone. I suggest to most people what I call an indirect host for email (ie. @Hotmail.com, @gmail.com, @yahoo.com, etc. ). An email from your ISP being direct (ie. @Comcast.net, @att.net, @surewest.net, etc.). There is a process which I suggest for switching over, but that may be on a different blog post on a different day if people are interested.

As always call me if you have trouble (916.534.3245) or would like more details. I have a facebook business page that I would ask that you “Like” if you found this blog post helpful (also please suggest it to your friends!): www.facebook.com/MDCComputerSolutions. I can remotely help people anywhere in the world with internet, but currently I am limited by the English language. Thank you!


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Online (Cloud) Backup

Summary:

Backblaze is an online backup company with whom you can pay a subscription fee to for them to continually backup your computer. The cost is very reasonable for the feeling and the knowledge that your date is being backed up all the time (automatically). I very much enjoyed the instructions they gave in case your computer is stolen (I suggest reading through and understanding these before you need them). If you delete or write over a file, you can restore it within 30 days. Backblaze suggest installing the restore down loader for mass amounts of restored data. They have two mirrored data sites, one in Sacramento and one in Oakland. Backblaze has been around for 7 years, and they have restored over 7 billion files. This company is trusted and used by Intel.

Installation:

Install Backblaze on a PC

Install Backblaze on a Mac

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/maintenance/tp/online_backup_services.htm

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Update 11-16-14:

Today I purchased a one year subscription of Backblaze, when you “buy,” the product you have three options, you can pay monthly ($5 a month), yearly ($50 save $10), or two years at a time ($95 save $25).

Android App:

I have installed the android app about a week ago (my favorite feature is the search option). Under the account settings you can setp weekly or monthly email summaries. This feature is nice because [add once I receive one].

Restoring Files:

It has been made a sinch by Backblaze ny them allowing three different options for restoration:

  1. Download Zip File (Free) (Easy to download previous versions [weekly after a week?])
    You will receive an email once your files are ready to restore.
    Your files will be put into a zip format and available for download.
  2. USB Flash Drive ($99) up to 128 GB max (110,000 MB of data)
    Your files will be sent on a USB Flash Drive.
    (You will receive a drive large enough to contain your data.)
  3. USB Hard Drive ($189) up to 4 TB max (3,500,000 MB of data)
    Your files will be sent on an external USB hard drive.
    (You will receive a drive large enough to contain your data.)

[I need to ask them if these prices include the hardware?]


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