Protect Your Computer from Lightning

Power surges can damage or destroy your computer and any equipment attached to it. Power surges can also cause data loss.

Protect Your Computer from Lightening

Protect Your Computer from Lightning

By: Oh, Computer Guy

Florida is the nation’s “Lightning Capital” and July receives more lightning strikes than any other month. Power surges from strikes enter your home or office via electrical, telephone or cable lines. Power surges can damage or destroy your computer and any equipment attached to it. Power surges can also cause data loss.

There are three options available to protect your computer and electronics equipment from power surges caused by lightning or other power interruptions.

Unplug your equipment when a storm is predicted.
This option is not practical as storms and surges are not always predictable and you are not always available to unplug the equipment.

Use Surge Protectors on all your computer and entertainment system equipment.
For your computer and cable television equipment, be sure your surge protector has data line (phone/modem/fax/DSL) protection. Your surge protector must also have a Joule rating. Don’t confuse a power strip which is nothing more than an extension cord with multiple outlets, with a surge protector. You can expect to pay $30 and up for a good-quality surge protector with data line protection.

Battery Backup (Uninterruptible Power Supply – UPS)
A battery backup keeps a steady supply of power flowing to your computer for a brief time during a power surge. This allows time to save and close any open files and to shut your computer down properly. If loss of data is a major concern, a battery backup is recommended. A battery backup should be used for most business applications.

Computer Guys suggests that you take an inventory of the electronics you need to protect to determine what type of equipment you will require. Then study the product features to determine which product is best for your needs. You can pick up an adequate Surge Protector or Battery Backup at Staples or Best Buy.

As always, Computer Guys is happy to assist you – please call us at 277-0003.

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