How to Protect Computer in a Thunderstorm

Learn the most important tips to protect and keep your computer safe whenever there is thunderstorm.

Thunderstorm is a Storm with Thunder and Lightning and typically also Heavy Rain or Hail. The Earth has 100 Lightning Strikes per Second which means approx. 3.6 Trillion per Year. It's an unfortunate fact that someone, somewhere is going to have their Computer Fried by a Lightning Strike.

But don't worry, now we are up with the Tips on How to Protect Computer in a Thunderstorm.

Just read on to find out How you can Protect Yourself and Your Computer from Thunderstorm.

1) Unplug Everything from Mains and Telephone Lines
Unplug the Devices
The only Proven Protection from a Lightning Strike in Copper Cables ( like the ones used in Telephone Lines ) is a 30 cm Gap. As we all know this isn't always possible, the Storm could Hit in the middle of the Night or when you are away from your Property. So what other measures can we take to try and protect us ?

2) Use a Good Surge Protector
Good Surge Protector
Don't be Confused. A Power Strip, which is a Simple Strip of outlets, is not necessarily a Surge Protector. A Surge Protector may look like a Simple Strip of Outlets, but it has Built-in Protection against Power Surges. When your Home Receives a Power Spike, the Surge Protector takes this Spike and Pushes it away from the Computer.

3) Take lightning Strikes Seriously
Even if your Computer appears to be working you should still give it a check over in case the Hit has left it in a Dangerous state that might result in Electric Shock or Fire. If you think that your Computer has been Hit by Lightning, the first thing you need to do is to see if anything else has been Damaged.

4) Check the Phone and other Electrical items for Damage
Damaged Appliances
If a Phone is Damaged then assume that the Lightning has entered your Computer through the Modem or affected your Router. If other Electrical items in your Home have been Damaged then assume the Strike has entered your Computer through the Power Supply.

5) Unplug the Computer ( Very important ! )
Unplug the Computer
Check the outside of the Case for Signs of Smoke or Burn marks
( especially around the Power Supply at the back ).

6) Check the Electric, Telephone and Network Cables
Electric and Telephone Cables
Check the Electric, Telephone and Network Cables for Signs of Burning
( this is why it’s very important to unplug before Checking – you don’t want to be Electrocuted by a Damaged mains Lead ).

7) Use your Sense of Smell
Sense of Smell
If you can Smell Acrid Smoke from your Computer or Router that’s not a Good Sign. If you can Tick any of the above situations, then it’s pretty evident that your Computer has taken a Hit and will need to be Repaired or Replaced. If your Computer wasn't Running at the Time, it’s quite Probable that your Hard Drive is Recoverable, thereby Preserving any Important Document, Photos, etc.

So this is How you can Detect and Protect Computer in a Thunderstorm.

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