Data Protection: A Burning Issue - Conclusion
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As I finish this article, it seems apparent that I've only mentioned ways that a business can protect their data from fire. Well here I'd like to go into how you, the individual, can practice fire safety and protect your computer. First of all, you need a good fire extinguisher nearby. If you leave your computer, make sure you at least turn the monitor off, especially if it isn't designed to shut off automatically when idle.
Always remove the protective dust cover when operating the computer or its accessories, because it can cause heat to build up if left on. Keep all liquids a safe distance from all electronic equipment (yes, the computer qualifies). Make sure the electrical outlet for the computer is able to handle all of its components. Sometimes, a special kind of outlet is required. And lastly, since we've been discussing data protection all day, be sure to make backup copies of all your data and store them in a safe, fireproof place.
I started this article on a very somber note. Indeed, it is possible that you might know somebody affected by these wildfires, or at the very least can empathize. After all, it's not hard to imagine the feeling of utter despair when losing your home and all your belongings to a fire. The sad part (I know, losing your home is sad enough) is that this type of thing happens more often than you'd think.
If you think about it, a wildfire will give you the best chance to rescue your data if you have a good heads up. Electrical fires will provide no notice because they are absolutely spontaneous. So it's absolutely crucial to give yourself fire protection capable of withstanding even the most unpredictable of explosions.
Think of fire protection like insurance, only better. Hopefully you'll never actually need to use it, but the fact that it's there for you anyway is very comforting. Actually, fire protection is much better in my opinion because you only have to pay for it once, as opposed to every month with insurance.
I hope this article has made you think about your own data protection needs. Whether you own a business or just want the best protection for your computer, fire protection is a much-needed safeguard for everyone.
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