Well it seems like it is that time of year again. Got two questions on backups. Here’s the short story
If you are using a USB flash drive to backup your precious photos please stop! That’s not super reliable. Instead get a $120 hard disk backup at least. Wirecutter has a good recommendation. Why a real hard drive. Well SSDs are fast but if you don’t plug them into the wall every year or so they will lose all data. They are electronics after all.
Use a tool like Dropbox, google photos or apple iCloud to automatically suck your photos and documents into the cloud. These work well and for most folks that is enough.
The next step up is to just have everything trickle fed to the cloud. Crashplan works well for me and is pretty much invisible.