October 2011 – NextWorth

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How to Ensure Your Information is Safe!


Living in the technological age, it’s more important than ever to back up your data on both your laptop and smartphone. As both of these devices continue to play a role in our daily lives, we may take their capabilities for granted. Remember, though, that devices can die without warning, and it’s important to ensure your data is safe! Below, we share some of the ways we recommend that you back up your laptop and smartphone, just in case.

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For your laptop:

Your laptop is a vital tool, and may contain more than just personal information. For both work and personal use, it’s important to back up everything on your laptop – frequently! There are a couple different ways to ensure your data is safe.

  • An external hard drive: This is a hard drive that you can plug into your computer (via FireWire or USB) and backup the entire contents of your computer. If you only want to backup certain folders or elements from your computer, you can drag and drop them into your external hard drive. Our tip when using an external hard drive? Remember that you have to plug it in and tell it to perform a backup, so make sure you have a plan as to how often you will sit down and back up your data!
  • A cloud storage system: There are many different services online that allow you to back up the data on your computer. These can range from free to paid services and in all different sizes of allowed data. Before using these services, make sure you read product reviews from other customers.

 

For your smartphone:

Not all phones have SIM cards, so unfortunately many phones only save data directly to the phone itself. It’s a scary world out there for smartphones, because something as small as a few drops of rain or a fall to the floor can render your phone unusable. To ensure that all of your data is safe, we recommend checking in with your software provider to see what backup options they offer.

  • If you have an iPhone or a BlackBerry, you’re in luck! Both of these providers have desktop software (iTunes and BlackBerry Desktop Manager, respectively) which allow users to backup their smartphone data onto a computer via a USB cable. Be forewarned though: while iPhones will back up your photos, BlackBerry does not. To ensure you don’t lose your photos, save them to an SD card rather than your phone.
  • At this time, Android doesn’t provide backup software. Rather, they store information in the cloud, where it can be pushed back to your phone if necessary. To ensure that your data is backed up, pros suggest using My Backup Pro.

 

These are our suggestions on how to keep your documents, photos, and other information safe. What do you do to back up your data? Leave us a comment below and let us know what method you use to backup your devices!

Gadget Trade-in Tips Series: Part 3, Sensitive Data


When you buy a new phone, it’s always good to keep your “next purchase” in mind. Because the truth is, as much as you love the phone you have now, one day it too will become old an outdated and you’ll want the newest, coolest phone on the market.

That’s why we recommend protecting your device with a case and screen protector. By protecting your device, you’ll be less likely to have scratches, dents or cracks, which will lead to a higher quote for your trade.

Once you’ve got that quote locked-in (we offer 21 days), it’s time to prep your device for trade.

Today’s Tip: Remove Sensitive Information from your devicesensitive info

Before you trade in your device it is always a good idea to remove any personal data. At NextWorth we always ensure that personal data has been removed from devices before reselling them, but it never hurts to do it at home. To learn more about clearing personal data, check out this blog post we wrote in September: How To: Erase Data from Your Smartphone.

Do note, though, that you get to keep your SIM card – so make sure you remove it from your device before you send it to us.

Are you thinking of trading in your device? Have questions? Leave a comment below and we’ll be happy to answer them!

iPhone 4S Surpasses Expectations… And Now You Want One


When the iPhone 4 S was first announced just over two weeks ago, reactions were not all positive. Since it wasn’t the iPhone 5 that everyone had anticipated, many people were quick to judge. However, after the new features were actually tested (when the iPhone 4S was finally release on Friday), it looks as thoughRead More

Gadget Trade-in Tips Series: Part 2, Protect


Welcome to the second installment of our blog series about trading in your old or unused electronics! Last time we suggested honesty as the best way to ensure you’re not disappointed with your trade in value. For most of us, honesty is the best policy anyway, so we need to know how we can ensureRead More

Gadget Trade-in Tips Series: Part 1, Honesty


Want to upgrade to the new iPhone 4S? Want to switch from one type of phone to another? Want to sell your phone, iPod or laptop for extra cash? Trading-in devices like these to NextWorth is easy, but there are a few things than can make your experience run smoothly. Today we’re giving you partRead More

The Rise of the Tablets


The Apple iPad, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and the Motorola Xoom. All of these names have become familiar, commonly used products that are rapidly growing in both sales and popularity. After Amazon’s recent announcement of their own affordable tablet, the Fire, it looks like the battle for the majority of the market share is reallyRead More

Remembering and Honoring Steve Jobs


We could think of no better way to remember and honor the passing of such a magnificent mind than with his own inspirational words. “That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. ButRead More

iPhone Announcement Day!


Today’s the day—at 1 PM Tim Cook will take the stage at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters. Media invitations for the event simply stated, “Let’s Talk iPhone.” And with the rumors that have been circulating about the next smartphone, the event may be Apple’s most highly-anticipated announcement yet. We’ve been busy over the past week as you’veRead More