We know what you are saying, “Gosh, not another speech on backups.” The truth is we cannot stress enough to our customers the importance of backups. In today’s digital world, everything is on the computer; pictures, music, financial documents, emails, spreadsheets, letters, resumes, etc. A computer is a machine that can fail.
Yes, computers are very reliable and run for months or even years without failure but hardware failure is not the only thing jeopardizing your data. Viruses, spyware, and other malware can infect your system at lightening speed, corrupting the hard drive file system, or worse destroying key system files to prevent booting up.
Today, we are going to talk a little about the beast we call nature and what it can do to your computer. That’s right! Natural disasters can be just as harmful to your computer as hardware failure or viruses are. Sure, natural disasters in Denver, Colorado are all but rare. Consider this; the intense summer rainstorms bring torrential rain and thunderstorms. Power can be disrupted completely or worse cause brownouts. Brownouts occur when the power fades below normal. You may notice this as some lights flicker off while some stay on. This phenomenon is extremely hard on all electronics, especially computers.
As a first step to protecting your valuable electronics, ensure you have a good quality surge protector. While these aren’t totally fail safe, they do provide protection against power surges. These cause spikes in the electric current feeding your electronics and can damage them. A second, better solution would be to use an un-interruptable power supply or UPS. UPS’s are small battery backup devices that kick in when the power falls below a certain threshold or fails completely. These units only provide 30 minutes (depending on load) of power to safely shut down your computer. Most units come with decent software that you install on your computer that will handle automating shutdown off the computer if you are away. They also have built in surge protection. Because these units have batteries, they don’t last forever. The batteries are usually good for two to three years before needing to be replaced themselves.
UPS’s come in varying sizes (how long they can provide power based on batter capacity). You don’t want to purchase one too small because it won’t provide sufficient time to get your computer shutdown. To know what size to purchase, you need to take into account the electrical demands of the devices you are plugging it into.
For help assessing how the size of a UPS to purchase to fit your needs as well as when to replace the batteries you can call us at 720-746-9763.
Code Blue Computing is Denver’s premier I.T. Specialist.