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Module 1: Computer Security and Privacy

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1.3 Measures for Protection from Natural Threats

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Measures for Protection from Natural Threats
* Lesson 1 - INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SECURITY AND PRIVACY
1.3 - MEASURES FOR PROTECTION FROM NATURAL THREATS [1]
Measures for Protection from Natural Threats

Natural threats can cause considerable damage to your computer. The
following table explains the measures that you can take to protect your
data and computer from natural threats. Scroll down to read each
description.

Back up data

Backing up data involves creating multiple copies of your data. Events
like floods and earthquakes can strike without warning. Making a backup
helps you recover your data in case of any data loss. To provide better
recoverability, keep a copy of your important data in a physically separate
location, such as in another building or city.

Install computers in secure locations

Install your computer in a place where it is not likely to get damaged
due to natural factors. For example, avoid installing computers in rooms
that are exposed to excessive dust or moisture.

Install protective electrical devices

Install devices such as an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) that can
provide battery backup in case of a power outage. A UPS prevents software
damage caused by abrupt shutting down of your computer. A UPS also provides
surge protection and line-conditioning features, which help protect your
computer against spikes and surges on the power line. You can also install
separate surge protectors and line conditioners. However, in case of a
strong surge, caused by events such as a major storm, you should turn off
the computer and unplug it from the power to avoid damage.

Insulate computers from fire

Insulate the computers from fire by housing them in fire retardant
surroundings. In addition, you can install adequate fire safety equipment
and procedures for quick damage control.

Maintain appropriate temperature and humidity

You should maintain an optimum temperature and humidity level to ensure
the smooth functioning of your computer. You can do this by installing
devices such as air conditioners and humidity controllers.



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