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Old 23 May 2006
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Document Backups

Worried about having both your original documents and your copies lost or destroyed on your great trip?

Then you should conscider scaning your documents and have them converted to PDF. Then, before you go on your trip, e-mail them to your own personal hotmail account, or another personal Internet accessible e-mail account, or store them in some other Internet accessible storage. If you loose your documents on a trip, or need copies sendt quickly to someone, find a place with internet access and a printer, then voila!
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Mmmmm... hasn't this been sugested on another post? (in the past 12 months)
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You are absolutely right. I should have searched for it before posting... but I was so full of myself that I thought this idea was unique, I felt like a genious for thinking about it... I guess I'll come back to earrth now

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PDF v. JPG?

I am currently keeping mine as jpegs on my phone (the scans of credit card size documents like a UAE driving licence and vehicle registration fit very nicely in the phone’s screen).

Can anyone think of any relative merits of either PDF or JPEG? The JPEG file sizes are not significant.
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PDF document format is designed to contain text and pictures. Your scans are pictures only. So, if you put the picture inside a PDF all you achieve is make it bigger. Plus, Acrobat Reader is bloat-ware, means it takes a long time to load.

Put your scans in JPG files.

However, I encrypt all sensitive documents with PGP.
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However, I encrypt all sensitive documents with PGP.

Is there a free encryption software on the web (not full of ad/spyware)?

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PGP is free to download on line.

I keep my backups on a USB flash drive in a waterproof tube - never let it out of my sight.
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PGP is free to download on line.

I keep my backups on a USB flash drive in a waterproof tube - never let it out of my sight.
Thanks XRM!

You mean the one from this website: http://www.pgpi.org/

I kept going to www.pgp.com and that was just 30 day free trial version.

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The free version of PGP was always well hidden on their web page. Now it seems to have vanished...

There is also http://www.gnupg.org/
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