Local businesses, government agencies, libraries, and schools all have to stockpile large amounts of information that may be dated. More often than not, these records and other items are stored in dark, dank underground basements. These places are prone to a host of things that may damage important documents such as running water, moisture, dust, insects, rats, and mold, to name a few. In fact, paper is so vulnerable that is can be damaged simply by having a person touch it. The oils and dirt on our fingertips are enough to do irreparable harm to old papers. Thankfully, there are local archival supplies stores that can assist you in keeping your vital records safe from these potential hazards. Perhaps the best way to preserve data is by backing it up on something other than paper. Local archival services will be able to transfer stuff from paper and onto CDs and/or tape. While CDs are becoming more and more common in this digital age, tape is still the safest method of safeguarding files. Cds are easily scratched or otherwise rendered useless, but tape is definitely sturdier. Besides, data contained on a CD can be lost if it is accessed on a computer that has a virus; tape is not vulnerable to computer viruses. Your local archival services provider should be able to outfit you with CDs and tapes for the highest possible level of security.