Are you concerned about preserving your genealogy database and digitized family photographs for future generations? One company says it has the solution, using technology that will last much longer than paper, magnetic tapes, flash drives, or CD-ROM disks.
Glen Meakem has launched Forever.com, which Meakem says is the world’s first permanent online media storage and sharing service.
Forever claims to offer you one home for all your stories and special moments. The web site makes it easy to store, organize, share and print your family photos for generations. The web site also offers a “Forever Guarantee.”
Your Guaranteed Storage is backed up in multiple places across multiple regions, ensuring you will never lose any of your photos. Over time, Forever.com will even migrate your files to newer formats as old formats become obsolete.
The Forever Guarantee provides assurance that your important information will be preserved, protected, and available for your lifetime plus 100 years, with a goal of keeping your content safe for many generations beyond. When you buy Guaranteed Storage, most of your payment is deposited into the Forever Guarantee Fund. The money is invested so that it increases in value over time and pays for the recurring maintenance and preservation costs of your Guaranteed Storage.
The money in The Forever Guarantee Fund is fully restricted, meaning that the owners of Forever.com can only withdraw a very small amount from the Fund each year and the money withdrawn must be used to continue the preservation of your Guaranteed Storage.
This business model is similar to that used by insurance companies. Those companies use carefully managed reserve funds to make sure they can always pay claims. Universities use carefully managed endowments to ensure they’re protected for hundreds of years. In the same way, Forever.com uses The Forever Guarantee Fund to protect your content for your lifetime and generations beyond.
Information stored in Forever.com’s disk drives will be converted to new formats as they become popular. For instance, if you have thousands of .JPG photos and the digital world moves to .TIFF or some newer format twenty years from now, your .JPG will be converted to the new format for you, without your involvement. All documents and pictures will always be available on whatever storage media or download method that is popular at that time. All this will be done for you even if you are incapacitated or deceased.
While most people store their memories in haphazard fashion — a box of video tapes in the closet, Mom’s old recipes in a rarely opened desk drawer, old photo albums stashed in the attic — Forever is a one-stop online service where users can organize their video recordings, photo albums, documents and audio files. Just put everything in a box, ship it to Forever’s offices, and workers scan in the content.
Unlike social media or other online storage sites, Glen Meakem promises that security and privacy are very important. Many other sites mine your personal data to sell to advertisers. With Forever, Meakem said, clients’ information is not for sale and the site is triple backed-up and highly encrypted.
Forever.com’s starts at $5 a month for 10 gigabytes of Permanent Storage. $10 a month provides up to 50 gigabytes of storage while $15 a month provides 100 gigabytes of permanent storage. That should be enough for most families. However, Forever.com will provide even more storage space for anyone who needs it.
The Forever.com web site promises:
- Your memories are guaranteed to be preserved for your lifetime plus 100 years.
- The ability to easily pass on your stored pictures and data to future generations.
- Long term file migration keeps your digital content accessible.
- Full resolution saving means you can always print or reproduce your media.
- Your memories are triple backed up and encrypted.
- You have complete control of the privacy of your account – always know who you’re sharing with or keep it totally private.
- No data mining or advertising. Ever.
- Permanent digital rights – you, and only you, own your content.
- The Forever.com apps make it easy to get organized and creative with image editing, albums, tags and slideshows.
- Your custom subdomain gives you a permanent personalized home on the web.
- Unlimited uploading and downloading.
- Use Forever on the web or enjoy on your iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
You can learn more at https://www.forever.com.
My thanks to newsletter reader Mark Begeman for telling me about this new service.