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World Backup Day: This is how I secure my data

(Post picture: © 2015

Many of you probably didn't know: Yesterday, March 31st, was World Backup Day. I want to take that as an opportunity and introduce the backup options that I use every day.


All of my pictures, whether private pictures or those that you see in my posts, end up on Google Photos. Backing up from your smartphone is very easy: you just have to select the device folders you want to back up. The service does the rest for you. There is a way to back up your photos from your PC Backup and Sync Tool, which also comes from Google and is available for Windows and Mac OS. After installation, it works the same way as with a smartphone: Select the folder to be backed up, done. The Backup and Sync Tool can also be used for files that you want to upload to Google Drive.

There is also the option of synchronizing the folders from Google Drive with your own PC. When backing up, however, you have to be careful not to exceed the available memory for your Google account. You can do that by backing up photos Prodeal with the problem of mostly limited storage capacity by setting the photos to be uploaded in high quality. The corresponding setting point can be found under Google Photos, menu (three horizontal lines), "Settings", "Backup and sync" and "Upload size". With the Backup and Sync Tool you can find this item under “Settings” and “My Laptop”.


For all of my remaining files, I use OneDrive. Google Drive only comes from for the backups Action Launcher, WhatsApp and my smartphone. I use OneDrive because of a few factors. The first thing I find useful is that the service can be integrated directly into the Windows file explorer. This means that I never have to open an app or the Internet browser on my PC to access the file I need.

Another reason is that I use Microsoft Office as the office suite. And here, too, OneDrive can be integrated directly. In addition, files can be easily shared with others via the service, so that these people have access to them and, if necessary, can also make changes to the desired files.

Notes and to-do lists

I got something here a few weeks ago written to Wunderlist. I continue to use this service. With it I can easily create to-do lists on the go and then I am reminded on my laptop if I still have to do something. Of course, the whole thing also works the other way around.

I use for all of the rest of my notes OneNote. What I like about this service is that it can be pretty much done with it. I mainly use OneNote to digitize transcripts from school, to write down what I need for a weekend trip or for other trips, to find researched material for school and for TechnikNews and to write down important notes for articles.

fitness data

For running data and fitness data in general, I use the Mi Fit app, Polar Flow and Nike Run Club. I have all the services with me Google Fit connected to have the collected data in a central location. Mi Fit and that Mi Band 2 I don't use it that much lately. However, these two things are practical to record how much you move every day.

In Polar Flow I collect all information from my M200 and M400. What I particularly like about the app is that you can see all the important information here in great detail. I haven't had Nike Run Club that long. What I particularly like about this service are the weekly and monthly challenges. I have never used the option of creating my own training plan. But I also find the feature quite interesting.


At some point I decided to use a different password everywhere, so a password manager was needed. First of all I have 1Password used. I didn't like the service that much. In addition, 1Password costs something. for LastPass There is also a premium option, but the most important functions are already available in the free version. My favorite feature of LastPass is the auto-fill function.

For those who don't know what that is: Whenever I find myself in a password field, I can start LastPass via the browser extension or via the field in my notification center on my smartphone. Immediately I am shown a list of passwords that I could use. The correct entry is usually at the top. I then have to select it. The password will then be used automatically and I can log in.

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David Haydl

David lives in Graz and has been there for around half a decade TechnikNews, also editor-in-chief for some time. He regularly provides the site with news, test reports and the like TechnikNews Weekly, which was his idea to launch. He likes to spend his free time outdoors, listening to a lot of music (and clearly too loud) and some podcasts on all kinds of topics, and also likes to go running. He enjoys the time that remains with his charming girlfriend or in front of the TV.

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