Here in Florida, we are pretty much past the summer rainy season. During that time, just about every afternoon there is a thunderstorm passing through. With it comes lightning, and the potential destruction of computer equipment.
But wait a minute, you say – doesn’t Scott use surge protectors? Of course I do.
A surge protector is designed to protect against just that: a surge. The voltage that comes out of your wall socket goes up and down, and the surge protector keeps a surge that is too strong from getting to your computer. However – a surge protector is no match against a nearby (or direct) lightning strike. If that happens, anything plugged into the wall could be fried to a crisp.
Yes, the chances are low that it will happen; but I have seen it happen several times. For the relatively small inconvenience of unplugging my computer for 30-60 minutes, I am eliminating the risk of having to replace it.
Not everyone is technically oriented. Maybe you can identify with this poor woman.