We went through this same scenario a few years ago. It seems that many are still making themselves dependent on free webspace. I will post of sites such as FB, but always have original photos, which are sometimes also on my own, paid for, website. Not that that is 100% safe, but I think it is safer.
I suppose it is having worked in IT, and I am sure, Tom, you also came across this. Always backup data, never trust everything is going to be OK, and keep control yourself.
It still does not excuse Photobucket, in the way they just did it, but even if they did not just pull the plug, something similar could have happened(a natural disaster?).
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