With the coming of spring to the Midwest and its attendant variable weather, we wanted to remind all of our users of some basic tips for protecting your digital life, especially during storm season.
Protect yourself, at minimum, with a surge protector, keeping in mind that mere power strips don’t cut it. Surge protectors and battery backups should be checked or replaced every few years to ensure the highest level of effectiveness.
If you know that inclement weather is nearby, unplug your hardware, laptops, printers and other electronic devices from all power sources. More and more computers take a walk on the fried side during storm season due to power surges through modem and data lines — so be sure to also disconnect your DSL or Internet cable cord from the computer.
To protect your electronics from possibility of water damage, be sure to enclose your computer and monitor (as well as any other valuable devices) in plastic, or place in a water-tight plastic bin. If your hardware is on the ground of your home or office, be sure to lift them from the floor to protect them from flood damage.
Finally, and this should be obvious to all of our loyal CrashPlan+ users, be sure to backup your online data frequently. We suggest that you set CrashPlan to always run and that CrashPlan is set to watch the file system for changes in real-time (these are the default settings). If you are a CrashPlan+ customer, increasing your backup frequency will allow you to restore specific versions of files.
With amount of money you’ve invested in electronics, it only makes sense to protect them. If you have yet to commit online backup, might we suggest our free trial of CrashPlan+ to kick start your way into a safer storm season? Visit our CrashPlan+ site and download the free trial for Windows, Mac and Linux.