If you’re like many homeowners, you believe that the power strip where you’ve plugged your computer, printer, television, stereo, lamp, cable box (the list could go on) is protecting your appliances and electronics from a power surges. The truth is that these power strips offer very little surge protection and are most often a glorified extension cord. The delicate electronic circuitry of your home is vulnerable if it’s not protected by a whole-home surge protector. Power strip surge protectors are in fact a good idea, and can be valuable. Lightning strikes can enter the house from anywhere, and having the whole-house protector working in tandem with the power strips provide the most effective protection.