Most people today recognize the need for online photo storage. Precious photos that only exist on your computer or as prints in photo albums can be lost due to fire, wind, or water damage.
Experts recommend that photos be saved in the cloud in multiple ways. For example, I have my entire computer backed up through Backblaze, which includes my photos of course. As a Mac and iPhone user, I also have some of my more recent photos on iCloud. But neither of these options gives me the flexibility or the permanence I need.
Many companies now offer low-cost online photo storage. But you are only renting that space in the cloud. If you stop paying for it, your photos will eventually disappear. Furthermore, all of these rental options have serious drawbacks, some of which I will specifically note below.
When I found FOREVER early in 2019, it made perfect sense. I purchased a set amount of online photo storage in gigabytes that I now own as a permanent digital home for photos, videos, and important documents.
I paid for it once and my descendants will own it for generations. There are no hidden fees and no recurring costs. Should I pass away unexpectedly, no photos will be lost because no one thought to continue making payments.
The FOREVER Guarantee ensures my photos and videos last at least my lifetime plus 100 years. Over time they will update file formats as needed so they’re never obsolete.
FOREVER lets me create albums and sub-albums to fit my personal organization scheme. And I can share my entire account with my children and selected albums with other family and friends.
You can manage your FOREVER space to meet YOUR needs and preferences.
It’s important to note that FOREVER stores full-resolution photo files. They do not compress your photos so you can always order prints, photo books and other customized items using all the resolution available.
Unlike other online photo storage sites, there’s no advertising and no data mining. You own your content and retain all rights.
How do you save and protect your earlier photos? I have decades of photos that only exist as prints in photo albums. Plus, I have dozens of videotapes that preceded the era of easy digital videos.
Besides the risk of loss, the physical volume is so large that my children would not have room to store them. Thankfully, FOREVER has Digital Conversion Services that are letting me save these memories and add them directly to my FOREVER account.
Following are some examples snipped from the Terms & Conditions of several online photo storage alternatives. In addition to expiring after payments cease, these services are only semi-private and corruptible. Furthermore, some services engage in data mining for their own purposes.
This reminds me of an old saying: “The big print giveth and the fine print taketh away.”
You will NEVER find terms like these at FOREVER...
Facebook: “When you share, post, or upload content, you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sublicensable, royalty-free, and worldwide license to host, use, distribute, modify, run copy, publicly perform or display, translate, and create derivative works of your content.”
Apple iCloud: “If Apple is unable to successfully charge your credit card or payment account for fees due, Apple reserves the right to revoke or restrict access to your stored Content, delete your stored Content, or terminate your Account…Apple does not guarantee or warrant that any Content you store or access through the Service will not be subject to inadvertent damage, corruption, loss, or removal in accordance with the terms of this Agreement, and Apple shall not be responsible should such damage, corruption, loss, or removal occur. It is your responsibility to maintain appropriate alternative backup of your information and data.”
Shutterfly: “We may terminate your access to our Sites and Apps and to your account at any time, with or without cause, and with or without prior notice.”
SmugMug: “SmugMug may terminate a Subscription, or any user's access to and use of the Subscription Services, at any time for any reason at its sole discretion…You maintain responsibility and liability for any losses or damages you incur for failure to maintain backup copies of your user content…When User Content or other files are deleted (or your account is cancelled), those files will be deleted as soon as reasonable… and cannot be recovered by SmugMug.”
Amazon Photos: “We may change, suspend, or discontinue the Services, or any part of them, at any time without notice…The account holder will be notified by email upon 18 months (547 days) of inactivity. After 2 years (730 days) of inactivity, all files will be deleted. Account holders are notified prior to file deletion."
Google Drive: “When you upload, submit, store, send or receive content to or through Google Drive, you give Google a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.”
I am so enthusiastic about FOREVER that I signed on to be an Ambassador for the company. If you sign up for an account with FOREVER, make sure that my name, Richard Hill, and my picture appear by the space where you create an account.
Then I will be the one to personally answer your questions and advise you on organizing your photos and files and how to take full advantage of FOREVER.
Preserving family memories is a perfect complement to my work in finding families through DNA Testing Adviser.