The tech industry is a fast-paced cosmos. With the amount of info we find out every day, it’s difficult to discern facts from hearsay or myths. Some of us still believe in common tech misconceptions we should’ve dropped long ago but it’s time we find out the truth. Read on and discover some tech myths and misbeliefs that still float around the internet. Do you recognize some of them?
MYTH: Incognito or private web browsing keeps you anonymous
We hate to break it on you, but you can never be anonymous on the internet. Even though incognito mode deletes browsing history, cookies, and tracking data, your online activity or location is still visible to third parties like your internet service provider, websites, or search engines even after you close the incognito window.
MYTH: Charging your smartphone overnight overloads the battery
Smartphones have gone a long way since their inception, from internet connectivity and seamless messaging to wireless synchronization with other devices. That includes smartphone batteries, too! They’re built to terminate the charge at a suitable voltage. Modern phone chargers have protection chips as well that control chargers from releasing more power than required.
So, yes. You can relax a little the next time you’ve left your smartphone plugged in overnight.
MYTH: Higher megapixels = better pictures
This myth is usually associated with smartphone cameras and DLSRs. However, higher megapixels primarily tell how large you can print your photos. It also lets you crop your images without getting too blurry or losing quality. If you’re really on the hunt for a great camera, focus more on things like image resolution, lens quality, and sensor sensitivity.
MYTH: Charge your phone after reaching zero percent
Doing this shortens your phone battery’s lifespan at a faster rate. Experts recommend charging your phone before it reaches low-power mode. Another factor that affects battery life is extreme heat, so keep an eye out for that as well.
MYTH: Antivirus programs make your device 100% safe
Antivirus software can only do so much to protect you from online or malicious threats. Antivirus programs are prone to online attacks on occasion, too. You can install an antivirus suite on your device if you like, but you should still be cautious with everything you see and click online to be safe.
MYTH: Never EVER use third-party chargers
Third-party chargers are generally safe to use as long as they come from a reputable brand. However, it’s still best to use your official charger (when you can) to have an efficient charging rate and speed for your device.
MYTH: Wiping your files from Recycle Bin means permanent deletion
Even if you delete your file in the Recycle Bin, a copy still exists somewhere on your hard drive. The steps are a little more complicated but doable. There are also data recovery programs that you can use if you want a swift, easy fix.
MYTH: It’s okay not to shut down your computer every day
While some say it’s okay to turn off your computer at least once a week, there are other factors why turning it off every day is needed. For starters, your computer’s cooling fan and the hard disk might suffer damage if they’re working overnight. It might also get damaged from sudden power cuts. But this all depends on how you’re using your computer. Here’s a great guide you can refer to.
Do you know any other tech myths? Share it with us in the comments section!