Summer Storm Protection for Computers

With storm season upon us, it’s important to take steps to protect our computers and the information they hold. Some of these steps will seem like common sense; however, a good protection strategy will help you easily recover from a computer failure.

  • To protect from lightning strikes, make sure you’re using a surge protector that is not more than five years old. Ensure that in addition to your computer, your router and modem are also plugged into surge protectors.
  • To protect from power outages and lightning strikes, use a battery backup system with a functioning battery.
  • Have you backed up your data lately? Regularly schedule complete system data backups to protect your important personal information. To add an additional level of protection, seal the backup device in a waterproof container.
  • If you’re going to be leaving for an extended period of time, unplug your equipment. Some diligent computer users completely disconnect their computer, printer/scanner, and speakers and seal them in a sturdy plastic bag to protect from possible water damage.

At Shell Point Retirement Community, residents benefit from on-site technology services to answer their questions about computers and electronics, as well as a computer teaching center and a resident computer center.