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Learn how to store electronic copies of your important documents, in case you need them in an emergency.

Pros and cons of common document storage solutions

Before you can store electronic copies of your documents, you will need to decide where you are going to store them.

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When you’re in an emergency, you want to make things as smooth as possible. That’s why you should select a storage solution that allows you to access and share your important documents in the easiest way for you, so you can concentrate on getting back on track.

There are a number of ways you can store your documents electronically. The best choice for you will depend on your own circumstances and needs. You may also consider using a combination of these solutions, to ensure you can access your important documents with or without an internet connection or working device.

Here is an overview of the most common document storage solutions

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Using your device

(Your phone, computer, or tablet)

Storing files on your device means saving your important documents into the internal storage of your phone, computer, or tablet.


  • You can access your files on your device at anytime, even without the internet.


  • If your device is lost or broken, you will not be able to access your files.
  • Devices may be infected with a virus, which may make your files unusable.

Remember, you may want to consider using a combination of these storage solutions so that you can access copies of your important documents whenever and wherever you need them.

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