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You may not be aware, but lightning strikes can cause very serious damage to electronic components such as your computer, and especially your modem.

A lightning strike can cause a huge electrical surge in the power and phone lines entering your house. At close range it can be quite devastating.

Often modems and other phone line devices are much more vulnerable to electrical surges than other computer components that are hooked up to the better-shielded power lines. Modems have been known to catch fire because of lightning strikes. If your modem is built into your motherboard, it’s not good news.

Remember back when you were a kid and your parents would tell you not to watch television during a thunderstorm? They were right. And that advice is just as relevant with your computer.

To state it plainly, you should not be using your computer if lightning is striking anywhere close to you. In addition, for the wellbeing of your computer you should unplug the modem from the phone jack.

What other steps can you take to protect your computer? If you live or work in an area that sees frequent lightning strikes, get a decent quality UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) that also monitors and conditions power and has a phone line/network cable surge protector. This will protect your computer against sudden electrical surges and other lightning-triggered electrical events through the power, phone, or cable modem LAN.

Whether or not your computer is ever killed by a lightning strike, it is a good idea to use offsite data backup to protect your important digital documents. CollectionMine’s Mac and Windows backup software is a great place to start.

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