Don’t Trust ‘Free’ Photo Hosting Sites ➝

Eric Kim, writing for PetaPixel:

Now, we don’t have much to complain about: they still give you a free terabyte of “free” storage, and the new interface is slick. But when I heard the news, it made me realize: do not trust or put all your eggs in these “free” online services.


First of all, any of these companies have the power (and right) to change any of their terms and conditions at any time. If tomorrow Yahoo announced that they are shutting down Flickr, there is nothing we can do about it.

We use Google Photos to store online backups of all of our photos, but I would never rely on it as my only storehouse. I will always keep local copies of my photos, in full resolution, on a hard drive that I have physical access to. I don’t expect to lose access to the images on Google Photos, but I’d rather be safe than sorry.