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August 13, 2020

7/8/2020 3:40:00 PM
Computer tips while in the season of summer storms

Along with the nice warm weather that summer brings it also brings storms. Storms can cause major damage to homes and it doesn't have to be strong, straight-line winds, hail or tornadoes that do the damage. Lightning strikes, power surges and flooding can all cause damage to our belongings, more specifically electronics.
I've written about this before, but it's always good to remind everyone what to do with your electronics when storms are about to hit.
First, you should consider plugging your devices into surge protectors. Surge protectors can help with those sudden power blips or lightning strikes. Depending on how strong the surge is you may not be able to do anything to protect your devices, but not having a surge protector at all makes damage much more likely.
Battery backups are another nice device to use for storms. Battery backups have surge protection built in. They also can keep your devices powered on for a short time if the power were to go out. By "short time," I mean enough time to save your work and shut down your machine. You won't be able to keep working for very long, running off of a battery backup.
These are really nice for business environments, but are also useful in the home.
The main piece of advice I tell everyone about storms is if you know a strong storm is headed your way it is best to unplug your devices and wait for the storm to pass. This isn't ideal in every situation or for every device, but if you don't need to use your desktop during a storm go ahead and power it down and unplug it from its power source. Then, if you have a power surge or lightning strike your device will not be damaged.
If you have a laptop you can keep it on; just make sure to not have it plugged into the charger.
Routers are the main device we see go out in storms because you will lose internet if you unplug that device - and most people can't go without internet. Luckily, routers are cheaper than TV's and computers, so you can keep your router plugged in, but you can choose to unplug it if you wish. Being safe is better than being sorry, and taking precautions can help keep your devices safe during summer storms.
Contact us at icitizentech@windomnews.com or call 507-831-3455.

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