A few years ago, a bolt of lightning struck the telephone lines right near my house and destroyed my modem (I have DSL from Verizon). I was told by the tech support that there was no way of preventing such events by attaching some sort of protective device to the modem.
So, I have two questions: 1)Is it true that there's nothing I can attach to my modem to prevent it from being damaged by lightning striking the telephone lines near me?
2)Assuming that there is nothing I can attach, and that the only recourse involves the modem itself, what do I have to do to insure that no damage is done? Is it enough to turn off my modem? Or do I have to detach the telephone line from the modem also? I assume there's no need to disconnect the modem from the electrical system, am I right?