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offline backup

Storing files locally so that the data are accessible when the computer is not connected to the network. Contrast with cloud storage. See off-site backup.



off-site backup

Making duplicate copies of files in a different geographic location such as in another building or at a cloud storage facility on the Internet. Also called "off-site data protection" and "vaulting." off-site backup is required for disaster recovery as well as to prevent damage from worms that propagate throughout a local network (see Worm.ExploreZip virus). See cloud storage, disaster recovery and backup.



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