Storm Tip #1

7 Jun 2016 by Russ Robbins, No Comments »

Welcome to the Florida Hurricane Season! Here is a tip to keep your computers, mobile devices and data safe as the storm season rolls through:
The single biggest threat to electronic devices in a storm is a power surge, of course, and so naturally the number one source of protection is a surge protector.

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But what a lot of folks don’t realize is that their 10-year-old power strip under the desk is probably no longer providing the protection that they think it is.
The component in a power strip that provides surge protection is called a Metal-Oxide Varistor, or MOV.

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What most folks don’t know is that these MOVs wear out over time, and even though the power strip still “works”, it is providing ZERO protection for any device plugged into it.
The solution for this is simple: Replace your surge protector strips every 2-3 years. They are fairly inexpensive and certainly cheaper than replacing a PC, TV, or other electronic device.
Keep watching our page in the coming weeks for other helpful hints to keep you and your PC safe during the storm season and as always, if you need help, we are only a phone call away!
Happy computing, all!

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