Marc Saltzman, Special for USA TODAY

(USA Today)—If you’re reading this article – perhaps on a smartphone, tablet or laptop — chances are you’ve wrestled with how to best protect your digital information on those devices.

That is, with all the important files you likely have, you might be unsure whether to rely on one of the many “cloud” services available today or an external hard drive?

The answer? Both.

Consider an online and offline solution — to protect all the documents, photos and other files on all your computing devices — as they each have their distinct benefits and drawbacks. Call it “hedging your bets,” to ensure your data will remain safe and accessible.

Here’s a deeper dive into the reasons why you should consider both types of storage options.



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