You know the summer brings the heat but it can also bring some tough weather. Summer storms can be a real threat to your any electrical devices in your home, including your computer. With this in mind, it’s important that you take as many preventative measures as you can before the thunder and lightning arrive. Since we offer computer repair near you, the staff at MP Computer Services has seen more than our fair share of laptops and desktops that have been damaged by power surges caused by storms. Here are three ways you can protect your computer from storm damage this summer:
- Invest in an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) – A UPS is a wise investment for your home. This device prevents your computer from immediately shutting off should the power go out. A UPS runs on batteries and resembles a surge protector. The size of the UPS determines how long your PC will be able to run during a power outage. At a bare minimum, you’ll be able to run your computer about 10 minutes on the battery backup, giving you plenty of time to save important files.
- Back up all your data – In addition to buying a UPS, we always recommend that you back up your data regularly – and especially if you know a bad storm is on the way. By backing up your files, you be able to quickly access the latest data should something happen to your computer.
- Insure your computer – If you’re in the market for an upgrade to your computer, it might be in your best interest to insure it. Sometimes a computer can get damaged in a storm, no matter how hard you try to protect it. By purchasing insurance from the manufacturer or a third-party provider, you’ll be able to get it repaired or replaced without paying a ton of money out of pocket.