Monday, May 1, 2017

Protecting Your Computer During a Thunderstorm

Lightning can damage your computer and the data on it.

Don’t let bad weather kill your plans and your computer!

Here are some tips you can follow to protect your computer hardware and the important data stored on your computer during a thunderstorm:

1.     Unplug everything: We mean everything including the power cord from the wall for your computer and monitor and any network cables.  Power surges can occur through cable lines, telephone lines, and network lines so it’s a good thing to unplug those as well.

2.    Use a surge protector: Get a good surge protector and make sure that it has coverage for lightning strikes.  We know it’s now always practical to unplug all your equipment so having a good surge protector is the next best thing.  Good surge protectors will be able to protect your computer equipment and can also have ports to protect your cable and network lines as well. (You need to use a surge protector for your laptop too!!!)

3.    Use a Battery Backup/UPS: Getting a good UPS (uninterruptible power supply) is a great way to protect your hardware and data.  The battery backups have built in surge protection and provide power to your hardware during an electrical outage.  These devices are relatively cheap and because they keep your computer running when the power goes out you have time to safely shut down your computer which will help prevent data loss.

4.    Backup your data: While having a good data backup system in place won’t protect your hardware from damage, it will protect your data from being lost forever.  Data backups are essential and offer protection from hardware failures, viruses, ransomware, and several other disasters that can strike.

Get your hardware and data protected today.  Give us a call should you have any questions and we’ll be happy to help.