Windows XP Users Won’t Be Able to Login to Dropbox after August 29, 2016

Here's another reason to upgrade to Windows 10: Dropbox ends support for Windows XP users on August 29, 2016 - don't delay!

That’s right. If you are still running Windows XP and you use Dropbox, after August 29th, you won’t be able to run the Dropbox program on your computer. Here is the recent posting at Dropbox:

“On August 29, 2016, the Dropbox desktop app will no longer support Windows XP. On this date, you will be automatically signed out of any Dropbox accounts linked to a Windows XP computer. You can sign in again once you update to Windows Vista or a later version of Windows.

If you are signed out of your Dropbox account, please know that no changes will be made to your account. Your files and photos will be safe. You’ll still be able to access your account—or create a new account—on dropbox.com or on other compatible computers and mobile devices.”

Warning for Free Dropbox Users

Also, realize that for the FREE version of Dropbox, you need to log in – at least on the Dropbox website – at least once every 90 days or you risk having your data removed. This is part of the terms of service at Dropbox for free account holders.

What Windows XP Users Should Do

To be honest, there aren’t many choices for Windows XP Dropbox account holders. It is unlikely that you will be able to even upgrade to Windows 10.  What’s left?

  • Log in to Dropbox at least once every 90 days on the Dropbox website.
  • Install Dropbox on another device that has Windows Vista or higher.
  • Get a new computer that has Windows 10.

Attend My Windows 10 Webinar This Week

FREE Webinar - Windows 10 Survival Guide for Genealogists presented by Thomas MacEntee on Friday, July 22nd at 1pm CDT. Do you know that the deadline for upgrading to Windows 10 for FREE is July 29th? The Windows 10 operating system is not so much a choice as it is an inevitability. As Microsoft continues to remove support from Windows 8 and earlier versions, you should get on board the Windows 10 upgrade train now! Learn the new features of Windows 10, how it will impact how you research genealogy, and more. You’ll also learn which default Windows 10 settings to change as well as how to fix common “annoyances” experienced by most users. Click here to register - via Legacy Family Tree Webinars

So here is another reason to finally get off of Windows XP!  Isn’t it time you learned about Windows 10?  Attend the FREE Webinar – Windows 10 Survival Guide for Genealogists presented by me, Thomas MacEntee, on Friday, July 22nd at 1pm CDT.

Do you know that the deadline for upgrading to Windows 10 for FREE is July 29th? The Windows 10 operating system is not so much a choice as it is an inevitability. As Microsoft continues to remove support from Windows 8 and earlier versions, you should get on board the Windows 10 upgrade train now! Learn the new features of Windows 10, how it will impact how you research genealogy, and more. You’ll also learn which default Windows 10 settings to change as well as how to fix common “annoyances” experienced by most users.

Click here to register – via Legacy Family Tree Webinars

©2016, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

The “3-2-1” Backup Plan for Genealogy Data and How Wireless External Hard Drives Work

Save 40% on iDrive One: a Personal Cloud for Backing Up and Steaming - normally $99.99, for only $59.50 you get a 1TB external hard drive with wireless so you can backup ALL your data including mobile devices! And you also receive a 1-year subscription to iDrive continuous online backup. Expires Sunday May 15th! Click here to save - via iDrive

The “3-2-1” Backup Plan for Genealogy Data and How Wireless External Hard Drives Work

[Editor’s note: Click here to download your FREE copy of my Backing Up Your Genealogy Data handout. Then read below about how you can start your own “3-2-1” data backup plan.

QuickLink: Get a 1TB wireless hard drive PLUS one year of 1TB continuous backup from iDrive for 40% off! Click here to get started!

I am back out on the road again delivering genealogy and family history lectures for genealogy societies. This past weekend I had the pleasure to speak at the San Mateo County Genealogical Society Spring Seminar in Menlo Park, California and take a guess as to the most talked-about topic that day? Backing up and preserving all your genealogy research!

Here's a special deal: a 1TB external hard drive PLUS wifi to backup all your mobile devices AND 1 year of online data backup - for just $59.50 from iDrive.

Every week I receive an email from a frustrated genealogist who never took the time to put together a comprehensive backup plan and then POOF! . . . the hard drive on their computer failed or they accidentally deleted a genealogy database file. There’s nothing worse than trying to recover missing data, especially when it can be scanned family photos and genealogy research data.

Are You Gathering and Backing Up Everything?

If I were to ask you about your current process of gathering data for backup, would it include these items?

  • Emails from family members and other researchers, some with clues, some with family stories.
  • Photos on your iPhone of last year’s family reunion.
  • Digital recordings of interviews with older relatives, waiting to be transcribed.
  • Images of scanned documents not yet added to your genealogy database.
  • Bookmarks of websites used for your genealogy research.

The truth is, that most of us only backup items from our main home computer. We don’t think about laptops, tablets and smart devices like our iPhones. Maybe we figure the data will always be there. Maybe we feel confident because we’ve copied the data to “the Cloud.” Don’t be fooled . . .

So, What Is a Wireless Hard Drive?

Many of us have purchased external hard drives to backup data. Most of them connect to the computer via USB and sit near the computer.

With a wireless hard drive, there is no such connection – it works with your current home wireless network. This means you can not only back up your computer, but any device that can connect to wireless including tablets, mobile devices and more. Now you can have all your backups in one place!

The Cloud Is Not Enough – Use the 3-2-1 Backup Plan

Me, the “tech guy” got burned by the Cloud last year. It was my own fault and I accepted full responsibility for just being plain lazy. While I’ve been using Dropbox, a cloud-based storage program, since its inception, I turned off the syncing feature on my desktop because of “the need for speed” when it came to working. Each day I kept telling myself that I would turn it back on and go watch television or do something while the program caught up and copied my local data up to the Cloud.

And then the hard drive failed on my desktop computer. I lost two weeks’ worth of writing and research. Poof! Gone!

So now I use what I call the 3-2-1 Backup Plan and I stick to it religiously. I don’t get greedy for speed or lazy and put it off to tomorrow. Here’s how the plan works:

  • At least 3 different backups. One is not enough. For me, I use an online backup program from iDrive, a wireless hard drive from iDrive, and a 128GB flash drive.
  • Use 2 different media for backup. I chose three actually, but never have all your backups in the Cloud or on just flash drives.
  • At least 1 backup must be offsite, and away from the original source computer. For me, the iDrive Cloud qualifies as well as the flash drive since I store it in a fire safe away from my computer.

Sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it?  Well, I have a new device that makes it easier to not just gather ALL my data, even from mobile devices, but helps me fulfill the terms of the 3-2-1 plan . . .

iDrive – How Do iLove Thee? Let Me Count the Ways . . .

I love the IDrive Universal Backup service because it lets you back up EVERYTHING — all of your PCs, Macs, mobile devices and even social media content. It’s super-easy and secure. And now with iDrive One – the 1TB wireless hard drive, I can do super-fast backups and even backup my iPhone to the same drive!

An Exclusive Offer …the Best Offer for 2016

Normally the 1-Terabyte iDrive One backup solution costs $99.99. But as one of my fans and followers, for the next WEEK (9-15 May 2016) you can get it for just $59.50 USD for the first year – a 40% discount! That includes the 1TB wireless hard drive and 1 year of iDrive online backup which is PC and MAC compatible. What I love the most? I am not limited to the number of computers or devices that I can choose to backup – so I include my desktop, my laptop, my iPad, my iPhone and more.

Click here to order your IDRIVE backup subscription now…

And check out the comparison of iDrive and Carbonite as well as the comparison of iDrive and Backblaze, and iDrive and Dropbox.

©2016, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

Genealogy Tip of the Day App – FREE!

Michael John Neill announces the 50,000th fan of his Genealogy Tip of the Day page on Facebook and the new Genealogy Tip of the Day app!

Michael John Neill’s Genealogy Tip of the Day is excited to make two announcements: “We’ve reached 50,000 fans on Facebook and we’re pleased to announce the release of our free Genealogy Tip of the Day app for mobile devices.

The Genealogy Tip of the Day app can be located in the Apple iTunes Store or the Google Play Store on Android and can be downloaded at no charge. It is now easier than ever to have each daily tip literally at your fingertips to browse whenever you’ve got a free research moment.

Michael adds, “In celebration, we’re offering a discount on all of our recorded genealogy webinars on a wide range of research topics. Presentations are advertising-free, easy to follow, and geared to being practical and down-to-earth. To keep with our “50” theme, a discount of 50% will be applied with the use of coupon code 50000 at checkout. Click here to view the available webinars!

Michael has actively researched his and his children’s genealogy for over thirty years and has lectured at a wide variety of national and local conferences and seminars. He maintains a personal genealogy blog at Rootdig.