Backups are essential.

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you know that I’m a huge Google fan. I mean, there’s just so much you can do with Google… it can literally organize your life! And for me, it has.

But you might worry about how secure Google might be. Let’s face it, if you’re depending on Google for storage of anything that’s important, the last thing you want is to have security issues

Did you know that if you’re using a Chromebook, it is unhackable? That’s right, read this article to learn more.

Now, we don’t all have Chromebooks, but I believe in the security that Google has to offer. In fact, I’ve backed up all my photos and important documents using the Google family of products.

Someone I know accidentally deleted her Google Drive and didn’t know about Google Takeout until afterwards (she’s still bitter). Thankfully she shared her knowledge and now I religiously, every two weeks, back up my Drive.

I touched on this in a previous post, but I wanted to discuss it a little more in-depth in a separate post

Data backups have never been more important. In fact, using the cloud to back up your data is the best option. By backing up your data to the cloud you have access to it on any device, it’s simply a matter of signing in to your account.


To use Google Takeout:

  • Visit Google Takeout, and log into your Google account.
  • Choose ‘none’ so all your products are turned off.
  • Toggle the blue button next to Google Drive only.
  • Click the down arrow and then select specific files and folders (or all, depending!)
  • Scroll down to the bottom and click on ‘Next’.
  • Select how and where you’d like the documents delivered then click ‘Create Archive’.
  • Google Takeout will then export all Google documents in Microsoft Word or Excel formats that you can save as a backup.

It’s a good idea to back up your data on a regular basis. I back mine up every two weeks, but it depends on how often you’re adding/removing files from your Drive.

Once I download my data, I transfer the compressed file to a USB drive, and delete any previous Takeout files.

You can use this exported file as a backup, or you could import it into another application.

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