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Backup Facebook Profile Pictures

Simple steps to backup your Facebook profile pictures

What if one day, Facebook accidently deleted or banned your account for some reason or another?  What if a new social network comes along, and Facebook got shut down?  What if you decided to close your Facebook account, but don’t want to lose all the data you’ve placed there?  These scenarios may be highly unlikely, but they are very possible indeed. 
Everything you put on Facebook resides there.  All your status updates, links, photos, notes – everything.  So, just like it’s good practice to backup your hard disk, it’s also good practice to have a plan ready to backup Facebook in case something bad goes down.  Here are 3 free tools you can take a look at to ensure your data stays safe.

1. How to backup Facebook to your hard disk

Fancy recreating Facebook on your laptop?  ArchiveFacebook is a Firefox add-on which allows you to save content from Facebook directly to your hard drive and view them exactly the same way you currently view them on Facebook.  It does take some time to process though, because it will try to do a full-backup every time – but it’s still very comprehensive, and extremely useful.

2. How to backup Facebook photo albums

Whether you’re trying to backup your own albums, or trying to easily grab a friend’s album for offline viewing, FacePAD is a Firefox add on which allows you to download entire Facebook albums with a click of a button.  You can also do this for fan pages and event pages as well.

3. How to backup Facebook to the cloud

Backupify is an amazing service which caters to backing up multiple services – Facebook being one of them.  Using Facebook connect, Backupify will regularly save all your photos, friends lists, events, links, notes, and statuses to the cloud.  The free version of Backupify can handle up to 2GB of storage.

Everything is stored on an S3 Amazon server and their privacy policy clearly states that any data you store on Backupify is yours, and they claim no right to it, nor do they look, sell, nor analyze it.  Also, if you’re extra paranoid conscious about safety, it can allow you to hook up your own S3 Amazon server instead of using theirs.