10 Common Tech Myths

Much of information available on the internet is not exactly true. Putting information on the Internet is easy. Some information is deliberately spread by the vested interests to sell their products.

In case of smart gadgets like mobile phones, tablets and personal computers which are common and most popular and owned by most people also many myths about viruses, battery and chargers and data security are commonplace. Here are some myths.

  1. Mac computers are immune from viruses: This claim by Apple was debunked when a Trojan virus affected thousands MacBooks in 2012. 
  2. Private/incognito browsing keeps you anonymous: This kind of browsing can keep your browsing secret from the users on same machine. Your IP address is completely known to the sites you visit as well as your Internet Service Providet (ISP).
  3. Leaving your phone plugged destroys its battery: Batteries used in modern smartphones are lithium based and as soon as the charging is complete, the charging process is stopped.
  4. Charge batteries only when drained: The batteries become weak and require frequent charging if they have already used many charge cycles. It happens with time. 
  5. More megapixels always mean a better camera: Quality of image depends on how much light the sensor picks up. Bigger sensors have bigger pixels which absorb more light. Hence it is not the number of pixels but the size that matters.
  6. Higher display resolution is better on smartphone: Research has shown that human eye cannot discern the finer details if the display packs more than 300 pixels per inch. This means the ability to see the finer details are limited up to this density. Many smartphones like iPhone tend to focus on brightness rather than pixel density.
  7. iPad charger should not be used to charge iPhone: It is bad to use it on the regular basis but if there are circumstances you have no choice, there is no problem. If it goes on for a year at least, the effect on battery will be discernible.
  8. You should not shut down your PC everyday: Shutting down saves power as well as the stress on different components of your computer.
  9. A magnet can erase data from hard drive: It really requires a extra strong magnetic field to scramble and erase the stored data on the hard drive.
  10. More signal bars guarantee more cell service: The signal bars or tower lines only indicate how close you are to the cell tower. The real speed or service depends on the number of users using this tower.
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