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4 Computer Myths That Just Aren’t True

16 February 2018 No Comment

No matter how tech-savvy you are, there are still some computer myths circling the internet that just aren’t true. No wonder so many of us are becoming technophobic in today’s society. In this article, we will cut through some of these falsehoods in an effort to present you with some semblance of truth.

Myth #1: If you’re not viewing porn, you don’t need antivirus software

Not true at all. While we aren’t advocating pornography sites, some of them are perfectly safe (so we’ve been told). However, there are those places on the internet, such as torrent sites, where anything you download, be it pornography, music, video files, etc., will increase the chances of your computer getting a virus. Then there are pop-ups, dodgy email links, and unsecured websites that can also result in a virus. This malware can cause havoc with your computer system, result in data breaches, and delete important files. So, be sensible, and protect your system with antivirus software.

Myth #2: My internet provider always restricts my download speed

This is partly true. There has been evidence to suggest ISP’s restrict our internet speeds, especially during peak hours of the day, to accommodate other internet users. However, if you are struggling with slow internet, don’t always blame your provider. There may be other issues, such as problems with your computer hardware, bandwidth-hogging plugins installed on your computer, or a poor wifi signal. Before you file a complaint, do your homework first, such as reading this article on how to speed up slow internet on a Mac, and run an online speed test to see if your ISP really has lied about their download speeds.

Myth #3: You should always turn your computer off at night

People say that leaving your computer on overnight is an issue. They will warn you about your computer overheating, and they will tell you that you are reducing your computer’s performance. Well, unless you are using a very old computer (from beyond ten years ago), overheating shouldn’t be a problem, especially if you leave your laptop or desktop in hibernation mode. There should be minimal effect to your computer’s performance too, though the occasional reboot is recommended. The truth is this, it doesn’t matter if you turn it on or off at night. Leaving it on will enable you to get back to work and internet surfing quicker in the morning, and turning it off will reduce your electricity bill. It’s down to your personal preference.

Myth #4: Incognito mode will protect my privacy

No longer do you have to trawl through your internet history, as using Incognito mode will restrict those other people who use your computer from seeing what websites you have been visiting, whether they were dodgy or otherwise. However, your privacy isn’t protected from the rest of  the internet, as your ISP still has records of your browsing history, and the websites you visit will still know your IP address. So, our advice is this. While you have some freedom in your use of the internet, never visit any website that can incriminate you later. Big Brother is still watching you, allegedly!

Finally

Remember: the truth is out there, so don’t believe all the myths and fake news you read about or hear from others. Always do your research, just to be on the safe side. Thanks for reading.

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