Protect with a UPS
Although a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) device is technically not a device that is used for backing up data, it is a device that can save you from losing data. A UPS device protects PCs, printers, external hard drives, home theater equipment, and fax machines when a power outage occurs by offering electrical current to them when the electrical service is interrupted. For a PC user, this means the PC will not shut down when the power goes out; hence, the user will not lose any data. Most UPS devices also protect against electrical surges and sags, just as an expensive surge protector would. This offers additional protection.
There isn’t much to setting up a UPS. Just plug it in for a day or so and let it charge, and then attach your devices. Almost any UPS will offer at least a 10- to 15-minute battery backup, which will give you time to safely shut down your equipment. UPS devices can also contain the following:
* Electrical outlets for connecting peripherals and PCs
* Protection from brownouts, blackouts, and surges
* Network and phone line surge protection
* Power management shutdown options that save and close all open files and applications and provide an unattended operating system shutdown.
* USB connectivity
* Audible alarm