Due to technological innovations, consumers are somehow required to increase their knowledge about each new gadget that comes out in the market. New information, however, is unfortunately often overwhelmed by disinformation. With that in mind, it’s high time to set the record straight about some things people probably thought were true about popular technology, but are nothing but myths.

Macs won’t catch viruses

According to Apple on a promotional website back in early-2012, a Mac isn’t susceptible to the thousands of viruses plaguing Windows-based computers. This marketing campaign led some consumers to incorrectly believe that Macs are immune to computer viruses. In reality, Macs are absolutely vulnerable to malicious programs, just not the ones PC users catch.

Apple backed off its vague no-viruses claim in mid-2012, after a Trojan virus infected about 550,000 of its computers. On March of 2016, researchers reported that Mac computers can also catch the Ransomware virus, which locks up certain files on a victim’s computer and forces them to send the hackers money to release them. In other words, don’t forgo that copy of Norton Antivirus at the Apple Store, and download shady stuff thinking that you’re safe.

Leaving your device plugged in will damage the battery

Another common myth is that leaving your mobile phone or laptop plugged in to the power outlet overnight will overcharge, and subsequently damage the battery. This may have been a problem with older batteries, but most devices now contain “smart” lithium ion batteries, that know when they are full and will stop charging at that point. So you don’t have to worry about unplugging your computer or smartphone at night.

It is also not true that modern-day batteries have memory. It is true that it’s not recommended to charge older, nickel-based batteries before they fully drained. If you started charging these batteries at 25%, for example, then over time, they would only charge up to that level. Again, this is no longer an issue with lithium batteries.

Cellphones are dangerous to use at gas stations

Whenever you stop to refuel your car, you’ve likely noticed the signs posted on gas pumps warning you not to use your cell phone. These warnings suggest that texting or calling your mom will cause an apocalyptic gasoline explosion. But is this realistic danger? According to the Federal Communications Commission, while it’s theoretically possible for a cell phone battery to ignite gas, there are no proven incidents in which this has actually happened.

Deleting a file means it’s deleted

Dragging the Word document containing your secret fantasy story to the Trash or Recycle Bin on your computer, and then emptying the contents, will delete it forever, right? Well, not really. Because what you’re actually deleting is the index information that points to the location of the file on your computer’s hard drive. The actual file is still recoverable, unless you overwrite it on the hard drive itself. The computer will automatically do this over time, but there’s not telling when this will happen, so it’s best to just have the mindset that anything you put into electronic format will exist forever.

World Wide Web is the Same as Internet

Many people use the terms “Internet” and “World Wide Web” interchangeably, but they are not synonymous. Internet was founded in 1989 by the U.S. Department of Defense, which broadly comprises both the hardware (servers, computers, etc.) and software that links the world together. On the other hand, World Wide Web was founded in 1989 as a way to transmit data by typing URLs into your browser bar. There are may ways now to shoot data across the Internet, including email, instant messages, etc. The Web is just one of those methods, so calling the Internet the World Wide Web is like calling all snakes pythons.

This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 6:24:13 AM and is filed under Mixellaneous.

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