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Recommendations for power strip, etc. for HP Slimline

I'd like any recommendations for a power backup system for my HP Slimline s3100n. I currently have an APS brand power strip (bell shaped one) that's about 7 years old. Should I buy a different power strip, or a UPS or surger protector. I am using a cable modem, and lightning is one of my concerns.

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Hi when you buy a power strip especially to prevent lightning strikes ensure that the power strip has gas tube protection alongwith the usual MOV and Fuse

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