3 Ways to Protect Your Data During a Power Outage
With plenty of storm activity already affecting the South East, this summer looks to be a stormy one. When a storm strikes, protecting your computer may not be on your list of priorities. However, storm-damaged equipment is more common than you might think. During a storm, you may encounter power outages, power spikes, and brownouts that could affect your computer's system. Protect your computer, and the data held within it, by preparing yourself for potential power issues by following these three simple steps.
1. Power spikes
Power surges, or power spikes, are sudden increases in voltage. For example, when lightning strikes close to your home or business, you may experience a power surge. A power surge can cause damage to your computer's fuses and circuits. One of the simplest ways to protect your data is to invest in a quality power surge protector. This will protect the devices and circuits in your home. Plug all your computer equipment into a surge protector to avoid this common hassle.
2. Power outages
Power outages are often hard to predict. Inclement weather, short circuits, and power station issues may all result in the loss of electrical power outages. If you are using your computer at the time of the outage, your settings may not be saved. Any data inputted into software programs, such as Microsoft Word or Excel, after your last save of the document is likely lost. Therefore, it is critical to save your work early and often.
Brownouts, also known as voltage sags, occur when the power supply to the computer system is lower than the demand required to properly power the equipment. The lowered voltage often causes computers to shut down or malfunction.
Installing an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is an efficient way to protect your data against brownouts and surprise power outages. The system keeps your computer running for a few extra minutes while you save active data. Then, you can safely shut down equipment without harm to the devices or loss of data. The UPS is often used as a battery backup system for a PC.
About the Author
Geoff Stewart is a highly experienced and skilled Technology Director at Surety IT. His knowledge is based on years of industry experience having created customised, stable, well performing systems both for multi-national companies in the UK and Australia and Surety IT customers.
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