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Big fans of the cloud as we are, there's no doubt relying solely on keeping your stuff stored remotely is a risky strategy. Accounts get hacked. Companies fold. And if you don't have backups of your most precious Snapchats and Gmails, then they can disappear in a puff of data center smoke. Here's how to make sure you've got local copies of everything.

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You've got more choices than ever when it comes to backing up your data -- you are backing up your data, right? -- so how do you choose the best one for your needs? First, it's a good idea to pick up some kind of external hard drive. You can go the Network Attached Storage (NAS) route if you want to access the storage from your Wi-Fi (or build your own Netflix). You can also just get a regular external hard drive from someone like Seagate or Western Digital.

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This holiday season, there's a good chance you'll wind up going through dusty old printed photos with friends and family -- photos you can't see anywhere on the web. That's because these old photos are usually confined to a shoe box or binder hidden in the attic or storage closet. You might flip through them occasionally, but that's it. They go right back to their storage place. Google wants to change that by making it easier to make digital backups of these old photos, so you can share them online.

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You might not realise it, but the most technologically advanced nation in the world is a small ex-Soviet state in Eastern Europe. Estonia has pioneered secure digital identities for its citizens, helping it become a frontrunner in everything from online voting to preventing Craigslist ripoffs. But it also makes the country a particularly juicy target for cyberattacks.

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Smartphones are great and wonderful in almost every way, but they're also as needy as a newborn puppy -- if you don't feed them on electrons every night, they turn very quickly into useless hunks of glass. That's why I am seriously excited for this credit-card-sized backup phone that you could slip into your wallet just in case.

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Stupid hipster 80s fetishism notwithstanding, cassette tapes don't get much love. That's a shame, because magnetic tape is still a surprisingly robust way to back up data. Especially now: Sony just unveiled tape that holds a whopping 148 GB per square inch, meaning a cassette could hold 185 TB of data. Prepare for the mixtape to end all mixtapes.

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Apple Mail is a pretty decent email client, but it saves all your attachments in a folder deep within your user library, sucking up disk space without ever really letting you know. Fortunately, this is an easy problem to solve if you know where to look. Sort of, anyway. Apple made removing your attachments very simple, but if you want to actually save and archive them it can be a bit more complicated -- especially if you're running Lion. But not to worry, we'll walk you through the whole thing. The process can be a little tedious, but it's not too tough.