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Data storage[]

Offline is

a type of storage in which data are kept on a piece of media in a location that requires human intervention to retrieve (e.g., an LTO tape stored in a physical storage facility that must be retrieved and placed in an LTO deck before the data can be retrieved).[1]

Electronic money[]

Offline is a

transaction in which no direct connection is made between the device(s) involved in the transaction and a centralised computer system for the purpose of authenticating or otherwise authorising the transaction before it is executed.[2]


Offline basically means not online. Offline refers to

[e]quipment or devices that are not in direct communication with the central processor of a computer system, or connected only intermittently.[3]