PHOENIX -- The thunderstorms we see during the monsoon season each year can wreak havoc on our electronic gadgets.
On Friday's Good Morning Arizona, Ken Colburn of Data Doctors gave us some tips on how to protect our technology when the power goes out.
Power protection is an important primary issue year around, but is especially critical when the late summer storms start to rear their ugly heads.
Colburn warns that a power strip should not be confused with a surge protector. "There's nothing in here to protect you," he says, showing the power strip. Your best bet is to actually unplug any sensitive equipment.
What you want is a real surge protector with extra circuitry to absorb the power. You can find them for about $30.
Also, make sure you always have battery backups for your computer. It will close all your files properly. You don't need it for laptops, but you should have it for your main computer. These run about $70 to $90.
Finally, your data should always be backed up. "Backup means two copies," he says. "A lot of people have an external hard drive and they think it's a backup, but it's not."