Do you have a current backup of your Mac? Of your iPhone? Of your iPad? If the answer is no to any of those, consider how you would feel if all of your photos were lost. Just because you haven't had a problem yet doesn't mean you won't in the future. And statistics show that everyone encounters unforeseen data failures so having multiple backups is necessary. 

Image courtesy of The Miller Group

Image courtesy of The Miller Group

For your iPhone and iPad, make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on for both. You can get there by going to Settings -> iCloud -> Backup. If you are getting an error telling you that you don't have enough storage to backup, DO NOT ignore that error! Many people do and then wonder why iCloud didn't save all their photos when they lose or break their phone. That message means that you must pay for extra iCloud storage. It's as cheap as $0.99 per month and means you'll never lose any photos or data from your phone. 

For your Mac, you'll want two backups. First, a backup for your home with Time Machine. You can do this wirelessly by purchasing a Time Capsule from Apple or you can connect any hard drive to your Mac. When you do, your Mac will ask you if you'd like to use it for Time Machine and all future backups will happen in the background without you ever noticing. Secondly, you'll want a backup that is not at your home. If your home burns down or floods, a Time Machine backup will be lost just like your Mac will. Instead, an online backup service such as BackBlaze is what will bring you peace of mind since all of your data will be accessible to you even if all of your backups are destroyed. This runs about $5 per month. 

If you have any questions or would like help in setting any of these services up, please contact JTec at (949) 466-8442 or at

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Joshua Wallace

JTec, Santa Cruz, CA

    Ever since my mother won a computer at a company raffle when I was 6, I’ve been hooked. Nothing excites me more than new technology and I’m always the first to dissect and figure it out. From building my own PCs from parts at the LA Computer Fair in Pomona to my first PowerBook when I was 15, I’ve always loved computers. 

     My first job tutoring was for community service during high school. I first assisted and then became a teacher at a beginners computer course for the elderly and those with English as a second language. There I taught the basics of computing (using a mouse, file systems, etc.) and went on to teach Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. I’ve managed a law firm’s computer network and integrated Macs into a predominantly PC environment. I’ve also held weekly classes for a retirement community focusing on doing more with their Macs. They learned things such as how to import and edit photos with iPhoto from a digital camera, how to set up Email, and much more. It was extremely fulfilling and I loved passing on my knowledge. 

     Now I work on-call and travel to client’s homes or businesses to “fix” their computers while teaching them how to fix it themselves in the future. I also will routinely take computers home to repair hardware issues such as broken screens or trackpads. I genuinely want you to learn how to make the most out of your technology and I always aim to make you self-sufficient.