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What's the best way to back up my digital information?

In writing or speaking, redundancy is typically not recommended unless you're really trying to drive a point home. When it comes to your digital life, however, redundancy is not only recommended, it's critical.

Redundancy is the term used to refer to data backups. If you have digital assets that you don't want to risk losing forever--including photos, videos, original recordings, financial documents, and other materials--you'll want to be sure to back them up regularly. And it's not just materials on your personal computer, but your mobile devices as well. Depending on how much you use your devices, you may want to back them up as frequently as every few days.

A good rule to follow is the 3-2-1 rule. This rule helps reduce the risk that any one event--such as a fire, theft, or hack--will destroy or compromise both your primary data and all your backups.

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I'm thinking about storing financial documents in the cloud. What should I know?

Cloud storage--using Internet-based service providers to store digital assets such as books, music, videos, photos, and even important documents including financial statements and contracts--has become increasingly popular in recent years. But is it right for you?

Opinions vary on whether to store your most sensitive information in the cloud. While some experts say you should physically store items you're not willing to lose or expose publicly, others contend that high-security cloud options are available.

If you're thinking about cloud storage for your financial documents, consider the following:

·         Evaluate the provider's reputation. Is the service well known, well tested, and well reviewed by information security experts?

Book-signing Event to Feature Author, Poet and Photographer Jennifer Sinatra Mac Neil

Book-signing Event to Feature Author, Poet and Photographer Jennifer Sinatra Mac Neil

Jennifer Sinatra Mac Neil, author of “My Visions, My Truths: Poems and Inspirations,” will host a book-signing event from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Hamburg American Legion Post #527, 2 Memorial Drive, Hamburg. The book was recently released by No Frills Buffalo publishing company.

Sinatra Mac Neil is a native of Western New York. She is a graduate from D'Youville College and Lafayette High School and has obtained a dual bachelor's degree in math/computer science and philosophy. “My Visions, My Truths: Poems and Inspirations” is her first volume of inspirational poetry. The book was written to help others cope with life-changing trials as she herself has faced in her own life. This book is a collection of verse and photographs taken around Western New York.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

By Marissa Shorenstein, New York President of AT&T and Anthony Spada, President-CEO, AAA Western and Central New York

When you’re driving and your phone makes that familiar “ding” sound, what do you do? Sadly, that’s a life or death question. Every day, nine Americans die from distracted driving such as texting and checking their phones. In New York State alone, there’s an 840 percent increase in tickets issued for texting while driving since 2011. How come? Because some drivers don’t believe It Can Wait.

It Can Wait is the name of AT&T’s campaign to educate motorists on the dangers of texting while driving. As New Yorkers mark another Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it’s a shame this dangerous behavior continues. Despite the number of crashes, life-altering injuries and preventable fatalities, drivers continue to put themselves and others at risk.

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Olear Team Plans Informational Seminars for Older Adults and Caregivers

Olear Team Plans Informational Seminars for Older Adults and Caregivers

Michael Olear, a licensed real estate broker and member of the Olear Team at MJ Peterson, will present two educational seminars at Crestmount Senior Apartments, 285 Crestmount Ave., Tonawanda, in May and June.

The seminars are open to the community and focus on real estate topics relevant to older adults and their loved ones and caregivers, including right-sizing and simplifying a living situation, legal and regulatory issues to be aware of, and available resources and tools related to these matters. 

The seminars will be held on the following dates:
May 14 at 11 a.m.
June 11 at 11 a.m.
To register, please contact the Olear Team today at (716) 880-4442 or info@olear.com.

Land Conservancy Speaker Series Presents Doug Tallamy in ‘Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home’

Land Conservancy Speaker Series Presents Doug Tallamy in ‘Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home’

As a follow up to Earth Day, the Western New York Land Conservancy is bringing award-winning author Doug Tallamy to the UB Center for the Arts for a presentation on the critical importance of native plants for the ecology and vibrancy of our region.

Tallamy’s research and his book, “Bringing Nature Home,” have sparked a national conversation about the importance of using native plants in our gardens and landscapes to reverse the loss of wildlife and to make our communities healthier. After decades of intense urban sprawl, our natural places are shrinking and becoming more fragmented. The use of native plants in our yards and gardens will make a difference, no matter the size. 

Are There Gaps in Your Insurance Coverage?

Buying insurance is about sharing or shifting risk. For example, health insurance will cover some of the cost of medical care. Homeowners insurance will assume some of the risk of loss in the event your home is damaged or destroyed. But oftentimes we think we're covered for specific losses when, in fact, we're not. Here are some common coverage gaps to consider when reviewing your own insurance coverage.

Life insurance

In general, you want to have enough life insurance coverage (when coupled with savings and income) to allow your family to continue living the lifestyle to which they're accustomed. But changing circumstances may leave a gap in your life insurance coverage.