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Protect your pricesless pictures from terrorists

Jacques Lowe preserved his priceless collection of photo negatives in an underground bank vault in New York but when the terrorist hit the Twin Towers, the negatives were lost forever.

There are many important things stored digitally now that, if they aren't preserved, will simply vanish in time, our place in history is what's at stake.

With the advent of digital cameras, some 59% of digital camera users make backup copies of their digital photos, but less than half have backups for their backups. Some use online photo sites like Shutterfly, Snapfish or EasyShare Gallery service. With P2P networks, copies of encrypted digital files would be distributed across a shared network of servers around the world

For professionals, loss of data means loss of business, loss of historic moments. A Swiss researcher's proposal is to preserve the individual bits from the image file as a series of light and dark dots indicating the ones and zeros of the file. If properly stored, microfilm could preserve the information for 500 years or so, he says. The method could also be used to preserve music or even video information for centuries in such a way that basic technology like a microscope could be used to assemble the dots into usable data.

So the next time you take a picture, archive it on a CD, DVD, upload it to Flickr, Snapfish, share it on Kazaa, eDonkey, send it to your GMail account, upload it to Yahoo! briefcase. Atleast the terrorist won't strike all the services at the same time. Pictures of Terrorists.