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Is your PC prepared for disaster?

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Emergency Checklist

It’s wise to have some essential supplies on hand and a plan in mind for real-life emergencies.

Increasingly, people rely on their PCs as an instrumental tool in preparedness efforts, but many forget to actually prep their PC for the worst.

There are a number of scenarios in which having an energy-optimized PC, a data recovery plan, and even a data elimination strategy can work to your advantage.

Disaster scenario #1: Power failure

When storms, high winds, other acts of nature (or human error) cause the power to go out, how long can your computer stay running?

If you must run your computer when the available power is limited, it’s best to make sure that your PC is equipped to run as efficiently as possible. A well-maintained PC can maximize your laptop’s battery charge (or minimize the effect of your computer on generator power), as less energy is wasted on dealing with unnecessary computer clutter, registry errors, or other problems that can drag down your computer’s performance.

Keeping your PC ready and optimized with a powerful, automated performance software program like iolo System Mechanic® not only helps prevent PC slowdowns over time, it reduces your computer’s overall energy footprint…making sure that your machine not only stays up to speed, but stays as self-sufficient as possible.

Disaster scenario #2: Wipeout

If your computer has been affected by something external—it’s been dropped or shorted out, or something else has happened to make it no longer operational—you may worry that the information stored on your hard drive is gone forever.

Having a data backup and recovery plan in place is absolutely essential—so you won’t lose any of the mission-critical data that you’ve stored on your PC. Make sure to back up your files to an external hard drive or secure online location.

Quick Tip: If you’d prefer to have your files backed up automatically, use the secure online backup feature available in System Mechanic Pro to automatically sync your file to a secure online location “in the cloud” and out of harm’s way. Read more about secure online backup here.

Whether or not you have an online backup already in place, in a worst-case scenario, recovery software—like iolo’s Search and Recover® program—can find and restore the many important files you may have thought were gone forever. Even if the data has been overwritten, Search and Recover’s powerful data recovery technology can find and restore many of the photos, music, and documents you can’t afford to lose.

System Mechanic Pro® offers both Search and Recover functionality and automatic secure online backup for your files, so you can rest assured that your most valuable information will be retrievable.

Disaster scenario #3: Leaving your PC behind

What if you had to leave your PC behind…or what if it fell into the wrong hands?

Is your PC prepared for disaster?To make sure that your personal information that you’ve previously deleted won’t be compromised, you can use System Mechanic’s Privacy Cleaner™ tool (and Incinerator® feature) to securely wipe sensitive information from your computer on a regular basis, ensuring that your online traces—including passwords and important accounts—are wiped from your computer on a regular basis.

You can also install a secure data deletion program like DriveScrubber®, included in System Mechanic Pro, on your PC. If the need arises, you can securely wipe your entire machine with just a few clicks.

The data-wiping technology used in Privacy Cleaner and DriveScrubber is so secure it exceeds even military standards for data deletion—making sure that your private information always stays private. Read more.

While you may never have to deal with these particular PC problems, it’s always best to make sure you’re ready in case any of these computer emergencies arise—and with System Mechanic Pro, keeping your PC well-prepared and ready to deal with disaster has never been easier.

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UpToSpeed™ is iolo's ongoing article series written by PC experts for everyday computer users. Each article is packed with easy tips and practical advice on the latest issues affecting computers to help you get the most out of your PC.






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