There are a number of fairly simple steps you can take to protect your computer and the data stored on it against natural threats:
- Make a backup of the data stored on your computer. This means that you will have additional copies of your data which will let you recover from any data loss. You should ideally keep a copy of any important data in a physically separate location. USB drives can be useful for keeping backups. Nowadays people are making increased use of online or cloud-based backup services.
- Install your computer in a location where it is unlikely to be damaged due to natural factors.
- Install an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) to provide battery backup in the event of a power cut. This prevents damage caused by the sudden shutting down of your computer. During major electrical storms you should turn off your computer and unplug it from the power socket to avoid damage.
You can find more information about backups on the BBC WebWise site.
This short YouTube video shows how you can back up files in Windows 7.
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