Your laptop or desktop: This may be your primary storage location, where you edit and save documents as you work on them. You may save them on the computer's hard drive, internal flash storage, or a networked or shared drive.
External hard drives: A larger external drive is useful for storing backup files of documents you create and value.
Flash drives and other solid state media: These drives are inexpensive, easily obtainable, and portable. They are great for transferring or carrying your work with you.
The Cloud: Storing files on the cloud means they are stored on a server that is managed by a third party that you can access via an Internet connection. There are a wide variety of Cloud environments including free and for a fee options. If you choose a service provided by a for-profit company (Google, Amazon, Flickr, YouTube, Dropbox, Apple) carefully read their user agreements so you know how your information may be used.
Once you have stored your files, it is important to keep them safe and secure by protecting their integrity. Make sure you maintain your passwords for devices and / or specific documents, files or folders. Also, keep up to date with your anti-virus software protection. Other recommendations include:
Additionally, you could consider creating and regularly checking "checksums" or digital signatures to ensure that your files do not change or become corrupt over time. Checksums can be generated by several different utilities and can be stored with your files. Tools to consider for managing checksums: