Computer Myth and Lies

Computer myth and lies, Watch out pressing one wrong button on your computer could cause it to explode. Well, obviously not. We’re going to go over 10 really common myths and lies about computers you should stop believing right now.

Some of them are rooted in reality, and other are really just nonsense.

1. You Must Restart After Every Installation (Computer Myth and Lies)

This is the first computer myth and lies that user think you should restart your computer after installation every program. Or else it won’t work, now though in reality 9 times out of 10.

When a program says that you have to do this it’s just not true, now yes on very rare occasion you actually do have to restart. The computer for the software to work, it is because sometimes the installation of software will have to modify files.

That are already in use by something else and to unlock that files of sorts you would have to restart the computer. If you just run the program after installing it will be fine and it’s not gonna break anything.

2. Windows is Insecure (Computer Myth and Lies)

Windows is an insecure operating system. Now this a myth that based on faulty logic. Yes, it’s true that most hackers target windows users and there are more viruses for Windows.

It is because there are so many more Windows users than other operating systems and that makes it more worth. A hacker’s time to focus on Windows. So if they create a virus for windows, it has a higher chance of success.

However, if you keep Windows constantly up to date you are good with automatic backups. You don’t put it off for weeks on end, it actually is pretty secure because lot of hacks, many of them rely on exploits.

That already been patched, if you are holding onto really old operating system like XP. You’re just putting yourself at risk.

3. Safely Eject Thumb Drives (Computer Myth and Lies)

This myth isn’t so prevalent anymore but it’s that you need to safely eject a thumb drive before unplugging it. The reason that feature exist and it says to do that is to make sure that nothing on the thumb drive is still being used and written to.

If you pull out a thumb drive while a file is being copied to it or something like that you have a good chance. Of permanently corrupting that file or others so if you’re just copy an unimportant file to thumb drive.

You know it’s done there’s nothing being read to it nothing is going to happen if you unplug it. But if you saving incredibly important documents like a thesis onto it and you are not totally sure.

If it’s being accessed by another program or Microsoft Word is having saving to it or something safely ejecting. It is certainly on a bad idea but most of the time 99% nothing’s going to happen as long as you.

Don’t unplug it in the middle of saving.

4. Using Installation Discs (Computer Myth and Lies)

Installation discs for monitors, routers keyboard and other nonsense, most you know what we are talking about. No idea! Why manufacturers still include stupid hardware installation disks with their product.

In new cases you actually do need to install a driver for a device to work because it’s not supported by windows. That installation disk is going to have completely outdated version of the driver on it.

You’re going to have to download the updated driver from the website anyway, so ignore driver installation discs. Just install it directly from the manufacturer website.

5. You Don’t Need Antivirus (Computer Myth and Lies)

No need of antivirus for computers, wrong now of course common sense and good practices for security are the best. There is occasional situation where you can get infected with zero interaction or fault of your own.

For example, if you’re visiting website maybe it was somehow compromised and in that case a hacker may take advantage. Of an exploit in your browser or plugin for your browser and this why it’s so critical to keep all your software up-to-date.

Most of these exploits rely on outdated software and if you have really outdate version. All those exploits have already been found for a while and sometimes it’s a drive by attack.

6. Antivirus Protects from All Virus (Computer Myth and Lies)

This one is related with number 5 if you have antivirus you can’t get viruses, we don’t need to explain this one. Antivirus is not bulletproof and many rely on virus definition so if it’s a new virus or one that has been slightly modified.

It won’t be detected because it’s not in the database, today any viruses also use “Heuristics”. Which looks at the behavior of the program and spots anything suspicious but that too is not perfect.

You have antivirus doesn’t mean you can ignore all the other best practices antivirus should be a last line of defense.

7. Faster Internet Speed = Faster Websites (Computer Myth and Lies)

If you pay for a faster internet plan website will load faster the only time this is true is if you have a really low tier. Internet such as 20 megabits per seconds or less but going from fifty to hundred megabytes.

For example, is not going to really have an effect on how fast websites load mostly. Because website do not take up much bandwidth at all to load the content on them like videos.

And that sort of thing might take more but the website itself might only be like a few megabytes. But you can increase your Internet Speed by following these few simple steps.

8. Computer Magicians (Computer Myth and Lies)

Everyone is aware about this myth and its also close to the heart of most people. People who are good with computers know how to fix every computer problem well those of you don’t know already.

Let you know some top secret information the time we have no idea what the problem is and we simply google. The error message to see if anyone else has already figured it out on a forum or something like that.

You see most of the time being good at fixing computers actually just means we’re good at searching for the solution. And knowing the right question to ask about how to find the solution that someone already came up with.

Of course every once in a while there is a problem that apparently no one has ever had before. And that does take quite a bit of critical thinking but most of the times you can just find the answer as a top.

Result so try yourself next time see if you can figure it out yourself.

9. More RAM Gives Better Performance (Computer Myth and Lies)

More RAM is better well actually it is but just like internet speed myth getting more than you need. Probably won’t help for the average person 8 gigabytes of RAM is definitely enough the most common.

Programs don’t use that much RAM and they only use what they need program like adobe premiere pro. Photoshop then yea get as much RAM as you can afford because that type of professional work will gobble up as much.

Memory as you can throw at it, one more thing to remember about RAM is that just speed or frequency. In the latency of the RAM and yes latency is equally as important as the clock frequency.

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