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An introduction to e-commerce and distributed applications
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2.5.3 Archive sites

These are websites which offer customers a facility for storing their files at a safe location. This guards against anything disastrous happening to the customer's computer and their losing valuable data. Often the files will be duplicated at a number of computers at different locations in order to guard against the possibility of one of the locations being affected by a natural disaster such as an earthquake, or a computer being affected by a catastrophic failure which results in its stored data being destroyed. The user of such a site usually registers with it using a name and a password; they are then presented with a set of instructions which take them through the process of collecting their files together to send to the remote location.