Power surges and failures like brownouts and brief blackouts also are very hard on our computers and can kill hard drives in mere milliseconds. Electrical power service to our homes and businesses, as awesome as it may be, is still far from perfect.
Recent studies show that at least 500,000 people are affected every day by power failures in the United States, with the average home being hit daily with 20 power spikes and surges. This is why it is important to use high-quality surge protectors, preferably with battery backup features, to power all sensitive electronic devices, including desktop and laptop computers. Starting at around $60, they are cheap insurance.
Dave Moore has been performing computer consulting, repairs, security and networking in Oklahoma since 1984. He also teaches computer safety workshops for public and private organizations. He can be reached at 919-9901 or davemoorecomputers.com.
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