Losing your computer isn’t anything like losing a loved one, but the experience is unpleasant and costly enough that you dread it ever happening, if for no other reason than the big headache replacing it all would be.
Yet, if you’re like too many computer owners, you wrongly assume your precious hardware is safe.
Maybe you’ve been lulled into a false sense of security and complacency because you use a surge protector, or because you vigilantly keep your anti-virus software up-to-date.
If this is indeed you, please let me share three hard truths with you:
Do I have your attention? Read on…
It’s important to start with the understanding that everyday appliances and machinery are a common cause of electrical problems that can, and do, damage or destroy your computer over time.
These problems include power surges or spikes, which occur when an electrical device turns on or off, sending rushes of power or so-called transient voltage back down the line.
Suddenly, the energy such devices were using is diverted elsewhere in the form of excess voltage.
Related problems include power hiccups – power blinking off and on one or more times -- and power outages or blackouts. These problems also are caused by exterior events, such as electric company grid switching, line slapping, and bad wiring.
But severe weather is the computer's worst enemy.
Why? Because lightning and other forms of severe weather spur the most dramatic and destructive electrical problems, according to overwhelming evidence.
For instance, do you know...
The costs of computers damaged and destroyed by severe weather are rising and currently pegged at nearly $200 billion a year in the USA?
87 percent of power outages are caused by bad weather?
Weather-related power outages have doubled since 1983?
16 million thunderstorms occur each year?
Lightning strikes somewhere on earth each second?
A 17-month study, done by IBM in 49 cities across the country, found that an average of 128 electrical disturbances happened in each monitored facility every month?
While power surges tend to wear down equipment over time, more than 63% of all insurance loss-pay-outs on electronic equipment are due to power problems?
According to Consumer Affairs, standard homeowners’ insurance policies typically don’t cover damage to appliances from power surges, while renters typically must try to coax compensation from their landlords?
“Wait, what about surge protectors,” you ask? “I thought they protected my computer.”
Surge protectors generally are effective handling routine levels of excess voltage pulsing through your home or office electrical wiring.
Yet, these devices have lain around gathering dust for years, mostly unchanged and unimproved.
As a last line of defense against electrical problems, surge protectors are the ultimate reactive devices. They either work or don’t work at the very moment they’re most-needed.
And mounting evidence shows that too often they’re not protecting computers as the weather worsens and more hardware is being damaged or destroyed.
I know, painfully. I’ve lost two computers and all their contents over the years due to the power hiccuping in my home during storms.
Again, surge protectors handle low levels of excess voltage, but too often are tripped up by large voltage spikes and the power blinking off and on, or hiccuping, in storms.
So it’s time for a new, proactive solution that altogether avoids situations when a millisecond can make the difference between a disaster averted or a fried motherboard.
Introducing, The Solution...
Off Fast is patent-pending, cloud-based, Internet-of-Things (IoT) software based on tech-world wisdom that turning off your computer is one of best ways to protect it from bad weather.
It scans for local bad weather and then shuts down your computer before it arrives – whether you’re present or not. When the storm hits, and electrical problems threaten your home or office, your computer already is safely shut down.
Off Fast represents a new line of defense to home and office computers.
Bottom line: Your computer is vulnerable to a lightning strike or a branch rubbing against a power line as close as your own backyard or up to 10 miles away.
And lightning isn't the only danger. Rain, snow, hail, and high winds all can cause destructive power problems.
How long can you afford to entrust your valuable computer, software and data to a reactive surge protector alone when a better solution is available?
Don’t assume you’re immune. You need Off Fast. For peace of mind, download the software risk-free today!