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Popular free photo service now demanding $400 annual fee

Popular free photo service now demanding $400 annual fee
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Smartphones have definitely changed our day-to-day lives for the better. These handy gadgets are faster and more powerful than many desktop computers were in the early 1990s. This makes it easy to get things done on the go that used to require us to be stuck in the office.

We use our device for so many things, sometimes they can run out of storage space. Which means we need a way to backup our files. One service has users steaming mad after recently dropping a bombshell on them in the form of hefty fees.

Why Photobucket users are so angry

Photobucket is an image and video hosting site that has been around since 2003. It's been a free service, until now.

Sellers on sites like eBay and Amazon have used Photobucket to host images for their listings for years. Previously, they have been able to use this service at no cost.

Photobucket recently updated its terms of service and is now charging users up to $400 per year for hotlinking. (Note: hotlinking is when a seller links its listing to the site hosting its images.)

This move is causing havoc in the world of online marketplaces. If a seller does not pay the fee, a potential buyer will not be able to see images of a listed item that is hosted by Photobucket.

There are approximately 10 billion total images hosted by Photobucket. They have all been replaced by a message asking the user to update their account to allow third-party hosting.

Affected users are furious and have taken to social media to voice their disgust.

One point of contention is the fact that they were given little to no notice of the change and some users say it's extortion. This has left them scrambling to either pay the newly required fee or find a different hosting site.

Photobucket has been pretty quiet about the change. We'll keep an eye on the situation and report any updates in the future.

A better way to backup your photos and critical data

Backing up your photos and videos is a great way to save storage space on your gadget. However, it's also important to backup your critical files due to security threats.

We recommend using our sponsor IDrive. Having your files backed up will allow you to recover them if you are ever infected with a malicious app and you need to do a factory reset.

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