Tips On How To Shield Computers Against Loss and Damage
Computers have become smaller, cheaper, faster and reliable. The effect is that most business and many homes now have computers and the users are able to carry out tasks not conceivable some few years back. Heavy reliance on computer and electronic gadgets by business and individuals means that loss or damage to electronic gadgets to electronic equipment owned by an organization or a person may imperil operations and in some cases threaten the survival of the business.
In the event of loss or damage to electronic equipment, additional costs usually arise in order to continue with the electronic and computer function. A good a example is the additional cost involved in purchasing new electronic gadgets in the event of loss or damage.
The early computers would fill a field size of a tennis court. They had large moving parts and cooling equipment. It was not imaginable that it could be stolen.
Fire risk was considered to high due to the to the presence of moving parts generating heat and static electricity. But now these risks are real and they should be mitigated to minimize additional costs of purchasing new hardware and software, lost man hours during business downtimes and the worst of all loss to business data which might not be recoverable if initially the business did not have a have a backup strategy.
• Backups – Ensure that you have a data backup strategy in place. Loss to business data stored in you servers can be detrimental to your business and sometime it can even drive you out of business in its worst case scenario. We have two main types of backup strategy i.e. Off-site data backups where storage media is often kept away from the physical presence of the business location and On-site data backups where storage media is kept in within the business location or on the business information servers within site.
• The use UPS (Uninterruptible power supply) units – this equipment prevents damage to electronics when your computers experience power blackouts, surges and sags. And it can also act as a power backup incase of blackouts giving you a grace period to save any ‘unsaved’ work.
• Use of monitor covers – This covers ensure that your computer monitor whether it is CTR ( Cathode ray tube) or LCD (Liquid crystal display) are dust free when you are not working on your computers.
• Insurance – Electronic insurance policies are now broad in cover and include the following; materials damage to equipment, electronic data media, software and the cost of replacing damaged equipment can also be insured.