Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

As a storm approaches, it’s important to take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of yourself, your family, and your possessions. One essential step is to prepare your computing devices, such as laptops and desktops, in case you need to evacuate. It’s recommended to use a cloud service like OneDrive to easily access your files from any device, even if your computer is damaged in the storm. You should also shut down your computer, unplug it from the wall, and unplug any connected devices. Additionally, important documents should be scanned and stored on a thumb drive and cloud storage service. These documents include home deeds, insurance policies, financial statements, and more. Remember to take necessary steps to stay safe during a storm.

Advice from the Lightning Capital of the World

Advice from the Lightning Capital of the World

Living in the Tampa/Nature Coast area means being in the “Lightning Capital of the World,” which makes it essential to protect your electronic devices during a lightning storm. While unplugging your computer’s power cord is common, don’t forget to unplug the network cable as well. Voltage spikes often occur through the network cable, which can cause significant damage to your devices. If you use your computer wirelessly, you only need to unplug the power cable. At ComputeRx, we understand the importance of protecting your technology, and we’re here to help. Have a safe summer and keep your devices secure!

Surge Protection

Surge Protection

When it comes to choosing a surge protector, there are several factors to consider such as the number of outlets, cord length, and protection options. However, the most important factor to keep in mind is the surge protector’s joule rating. This rating measures how much energy the protector can absorb before it fails, and the higher the rating, the better the protection. The value of the equipment to be protected also plays a role in determining the level of protection needed. Inexpensive components may only need a surge protector with up to 1000 joules of protection, while home theater components and computers storing important data require a rating of 2000 joules or higher. Location also affects the required level of protection, especially in areas with frequent lightning storms or industrial settings.