Facebook is the network where I have my longest and most involved personal history with interactions, photographs, friends, family, likes and comments all laid out in a timeline; a diary of my life from July 2006 to today. Could I stand to lose 6 years worth of personal history without blinking, if Facebook decides to suspend my account or I lose access for whatever reason? For me the answer is no, absolutely not, and I have taken several steps to safeguard this data:
- Ensure that backup copies of all photographs are kept on my computer and not deleted when uploaded to Facebook.
- Download photographs published by friends that I am tagged in and want to keep.
- Activate mobile access to Facebook, providing an alternate authentication method.
- Add secondary administrators to all groups and pages that I manage.
- Download an archive copy of my Facebook Data.
Safeguarding an existing profile is a far better solution than signing up for a new profile and starting to rebuild from scratch, especially one that is used to manage multiple groups and pages. It is also not possible to merge personal profiles; so, if an account is recovered after you set up a new profile, you have to make a choice about which account to continue using.
What would happen to you if you lost all of your social media profiles and access rights without warning?