Tuesday, 07 June 2016 12:20

Beware of lightning strikes


Beware of lightining strikes

How to Protect a PC in a Thunderstorm

The recent sunny weather also brings the threat of thunderstorms.

The Earth has 100 lightning strikes per second - about 3.6 trillion per year. Lightning damage to home electronics happens when a strike brings an excess of energy to utility poles. This energy then surges through our power and telephone lines right to our outlets. It's an unfortunate fact that someone, somewhere is going to have their computer fried by lightning. Read on to find out how you can prevent such damage.

1. Unplug all cords connecting your computer to the wall before the thunderstorm begins. Both power cords and router / modem cords need to be removed. •Unplugging before the thunderstorm is ideal, but it may be the case that you are not near your computer when the storm is threatening. Fear not, there are other preventative measures.

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Use a surge protector. This is not to be confused with a power strip. A surge protector will look like a bulky power strip. When your home receives a power spike, the surge protector takes this spike and pushes it away from the outlets and your computer. •For ultimate protection, if you happen to be home, unplug the surge protector in the case of a threatening storm.

Make sure you're buying a good surge protector. Look for the following features: •The surge protector should cover lightning strikes. Some do not.

•Look for a surge protector that offers insurance to cover the loss of properly attached equipment.



Preventing data loss during outages

Determine if your electronic set up requires an uninterruptible power supply device, also know as a UPS device. Whereas surge protectors protect surges of power, these UPS devices protect against outages.

Outages and dips in power, even if minor, can cause hard or soft damage (like data loss) to certain equipment - for example, external hard drives or advanced telecommunication equipment.

•A UPS will be particularly beneficial if you have a home office or continually run operations on your electronics.

During thundery seasons, do long term data backups on a more opportunistic basis.

Unplug important equipment if going away for a day or two or on holiday in thundery seasons.


Make sure you use a good quality surge protection that comes with insurance

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