I just got a sale blurb from TigerDirect on a sale they are having and one of the items were  two Ultra antistatic wrist straps for the price of  one. It wasn’t the sale that peeked my interest, but it made me wonder how many people used a wrist strap when they are working on a computer? Or how many people even knew that wearing a antistatic strap was even recommended?
When working on electronic equipment such as a computer, using an antistatic wrist strap helps to prevent the electrostatic discharge that could damage electronic components. However, many inexpensive wrist straps use a metal plate to connect to the skin, which over time can corrode and render the wrist strap useless. So when purchasing a wrist strap for extended use a good quality wrist strap is recommended. The wrist strap connects to the users wrist and a alligator clip hooks onto a exposed metal piece of the computer case.
In addition to wrist straps, some companies employ an antistatic mat as well. But for most home users a wrist strap should be sufficient.
So do you use a wrist strap when working on the inside of a computer?
TigerDirect sale is here.