I doubt that the news that Microsoft's online services recently suffered from a "major service failure" came as a great surprise to anyone - after all, server outages happen all the time. However, once again, the news highlights the potential problems of over-reliance on online storage/service providers.
The farther data is removed from its owner, the more fragile are the access and security protocols associated with that data. That's why I advocate removable media as the preferred method of secure storage - even in a power outage, providing I have a charge in one of my laptop batteries, I have access to my critical data: do you?
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