15 Myths about tech that many people still believe

There are many technology myths that people still believe it exists we’re here to tell you with a new series debunking many of these modern myths. That means spotting and correcting the many myths emanating from the internet and word of mouth.

 

 

 1. Charging the whole Night will harm your battery

Modern smartphones and flip phones run on lithium-ion batteries and are advanced enough to stop charging when the battery is full. There’s no real risk of damaging the battery when you keep it plugged in after a 100% charge. But even when the battery is fully charged, the charger will draw a small amount of current.

2. If the bars are increased on your cell phone means better signal

The network bars on your screen do not indicate signal strength. They just show the proximity of your cellular signal to its nearest tower.

3. Incognito browsing will keep you anonymous

There’s a misconception that ‘incognito’ and ‘private’ are synonymous with anonymous. Every Web browser has a private mode. If you’re using Incognito Mode in Google Chrome or Private browsing in Safari, it simply means the browser won’t keep track of your history so other users don’t know what you were doing. But it won’t keep your identity hidden from the sites you visit or your ISP (Internet Service Provider).

4. Magnets near your computer will erase the hard drive

You’d need a really big magnet, and even then it would only affect certain types of data storage. Solid state drives (SSD) such as thumb drives, for example, are safe. Hard drives, like those on your computer, are at risk but only from really powerful magnets, like those used in MRI machines or other specialized equipment.

5. The internet and the World Wide Web are the same things

The World Wide Web uses the internet, but the internet would still exist without the WWW. The Web is made up of servers which deliver web pages, and clients (like Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Safari) that display web pages. The World Wide Web only refers to websites. But the internet is used by other programs that have nothing to do with the WWW, such as email, internet messaging programs and more.

6. More megapixels mean your photo shoots will be better

Despite being one of the most commonly held beliefs about digital photography, a photo’s quality is determined by many more factors than megapixels. As The New York Times explains, “a camera’s lens, circuitry, and sensor — not to mention your mastery of lighting, composition and the camera’s controls — are far more important factors.”

7. You can completely wipe data

Hopefully, you know that when you delete a file from your computer it isn’t gone for good. It’s still hanging around on your hard drive waiting for another file to overwrite it. Until that happens, you can recover it.

8. Using third-party chargers will not affect your device

This myth suggests that a 3rd party charger might somehow damage your phone or tablet. There are two issues here. First, the charger provided with a phone or tablet might provide more power than a third party charger and therefore charge more rapidly. The second issue is charger quality. Tests of original equipment chargers and those made by reputable manufacturers generally work just fine. Knock-off chargers made by unknown companies have a high failure rate. They are poorly designed and may use low-quality components that can fail prematurely or even cause a fire.

9. Newest products on the market are always the best

“New doesn’t always mean better. Newer versions of tech devices come out every day, even when the previous version was better. Take the iPhone X for example. It has flaws including an easily cracked back screen that is expensive to repair, and it has screen function problems when used in cold weather. These problems are not common in many cell phones including the last few generations of the iPhone. So, getting a past generation iPhone is actually better and more worth it than buying the iPhone X.” —Sarah Graham, tech expert.

10. Charging your phone to 100 percent hurts your battery life

“It’s not bad to charge your phone to 100 percent, just be sure to take it off the charger when it’s at capacity. The largest drain on your battery comes from brightness and streaming videos. Don’t wait till your phone dies to charge it—your battery has a finite number of cycles and every time it dies, another one gets used up! On that note, it’s OK to keep your phone at a low percentage.” —Matt Paliafito, Senior Category Manager at Batteries Plus Bulbs.

11. Your outdated phones are worthless

“The average American household has $265 worth of unused gadgets—those that are lying around, collecting dust in junk drawers. iPhones tend to hold a lot of value, and you can score $55 for an old Galaxy S5 or $26 for an old BlackBerry Torch 9850. Many people do not sell their old phones; in fact, last Christmas we estimated nearly $21 billion went unclaimed by people who did not sell their old phones after receiving new phones for Christmas gifts.” —Brian Morris from Flipsy.com.

12. Standing next to the microwave is bad for you

While microwave ovens do at times leak some amount of radiation, it’s usually nowhere near enough to do any real harm, The New York Times reports. In fact, the FDA puts limits on the amount of microwaves radiation that can leak from an appliance over its lifetime to one “far below the level known to harm people.”

13. It’s better to avoid Viruses

By now, we’re all familiar with and how to avoid them – don’t click on any dodgy-looking links, don’t trust unknown downloads and never, ever enter your password unless you’re certain you’re on the right site. Unfortunately, however, these common-sense tips are not enough to ensure your security. Anti-virus software can detect malicious programs when they arrive is essential.

14. The Cloud Technology is really expensive and insecure

Cloud storage providers, like the well-known company Dropbox, offer affordable, scalable storage that is available from anywhere on any device – something not possible in years past. Cloud helps relieve the high costs of buying and maintaining large amounts of hardware, which is a great benefit for consumers and businesses.

Cloud services allow us to easily and inexpensively use only what we need, have access from anywhere, and shift the responsibility of maintenance to its provider. And while your company may have a person or team responsible for security, cloud providers devote immense energy to their security. If their services are compromised, it could put their organization out of business, so they take it very seriously.

15. Pull the plug when your computer freezes

We’ve all had it happen. You’re doing something on your computer, whether it’s an important project, some aimless browsing or trying to beat your high score on Solitaire, and without warning, everything freezes.

Some people think they have to pull the computer’s power plug or flip the switch on the power strip. Instead, simply hold the computer’s power button for five to 10 seconds, and it will restart with less disruption than a complete power loss.