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Storage Options

Currently, we have three options to save your data which include Local Storage, Browser Cookies and Google Sheets. A fourth option is coming soon which will use Cloud Storage. Each option has advantages and disadvantages. Use this form to select your option. All of your data will be copied to the new storage platform but they will not be synched going forward. With the exception of Google Sheets which is Read Only.

Select a Storage Method

Local Storage

Local Storage

Data is stored on your local device or machine.

Read / Write

Browser Cookies

Cookie Storage

Data is stored on your local device or machine.

Read / Write

Google Sheets

Google Storage

Data is stored on your Google Shared Drive.

Read Only

Cloud Storage

Coming Soon

Data is stored with an external providor.

Read / Write


Google Sheets Links

In order to make Google Sheets work, you need to provide a link to your copy of this spreadsheet. Once you copy the spreadsheet, you will need to provide all 6 links associated with the tabs (worksheets). Tabs in Google Sheets use a random number so we need to know that link before we can pull the information. If you are not familiar with how to copy a Google Sheet click here for a brief overview

 


Local Storage

With local storage, web applications can store data locally within the user's browser. Before HTML5, application data had to be stored in cookies, included in every server request. Local storage is more secure, and large amounts of data can be stored locally, without affecting website performance. Unlike cookies, the storage limit is far larger (at least 5MB) and information is never transferred to the server. Local storage is per origin (per domain and protocol). All pages, from one origin, can store and access the same data.

Advantages: Easy to use, information stays local so it's more secure, fast access.

Disadvantages: Inability to share information between devices.

 

Browser Cookies

An HTTP cookie (also called web cookie, Internet cookie, browser cookie or simply cookie) is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored on the user's computer by the user's web browser while the user is browsing. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember stateful information (such as items added in the shopping cart in an online store) or to record the user's browsing activity (including clicking particular buttons, logging in, or recording which pages were visited in the past). They can also be used to remember arbitrary pieces of information that the user previously entered into form fields such as names, addresses, passwords, and credit card numbers.

Advantages: Easy to use, information stays local so it's more secure, fast access.

Disadvantages: Inability to share information between devices.

 

Google Sheets

Google Spreadsheets is a Web-based application that allows users to create, update and modify spreadsheets and share the data live online. The Ajax-based program is compatible with Microsoft Excel and CSV (comma-separated values) files. Spreadsheets can also be saved as HTML.

Advantages: Easy to use, Share Infomration across devices, Utilizes spreadsheets instead of web forms.

Disadvantages: Data can easily be seen, read only to the application. All data updates must be made in the Google Cloud.

 

Cloud Storage (Coming Soon)

Cloud storage is a cloud computing model in which data is stored on remote servers accessed from the Internet, or "cloud." It is maintained, operated and managed by a cloud storage service provider on a storage servers that are built on virtualization techniques.

Advantages: Share Infomration across devices, Backed up automatically, Data Privacy.

Disadvantages: Data in the cloud is subject to breech but very unlikely.

 

Note: Remember, RetireWithLess doesn't ask for account numbers, names, or any personal information. More importantly, we don't share your data.