Some common Tech Myths

Whether be at work or at home, I came across several people who still believe in some common tech myths. I tried telling them some facts about technology but these people will never listen. I think it is time to have these common myths busted so that people who still feel these are true, can get to know what real truth is.

Myth 1:
Switching off power without shutting down damages the PC

The first myth I came across years ago was that if you turn the power off of your computer without shutting it down, it will damage the hardware of the system. However the truth is, it will for sure affect your data that was unsaved but it will never affect your hardware or the software.

Myth 2:
Files deleted from Recycle Bin are deleted permanently

If you have been following this blog continuously then you must have known till now that file recovery is possible using the file recovery software until the memory space has not been overwritten by some other data.

Myth 3:
Magnets can affect the data on your disk

This is true only for the Floppy Disks which were magnetic drives but not for USB drives as those are immune to magnets. However hard disks require strong, really strong magnets to get affected. Those found at home are not capable of doing this.

Myth 4:
Safely remove USB drive before taking out

This is a good practice to safely remove it before taking out however it is not mandatory and will not damage the pen drive. To remove a USB drive just ensure that there is no data transfer going on and if there is none, then you can eject your USB drive anytime even without safely removing it.

Myth 5:
Your Antivirus will protect you from whatever you click or install

An Antivirus requires update before it can detect a malicious program but whenever a new virus or Trojan comes up, it take some days for the agencies to develop the update for your Antivirus. Also every AV can’t detect all types of vulnerabilities.

Myth 6:
Continuously refreshing the computer makes it faster

Right clicking to refresh the system was developed long time back to reclaim the free RAM that has just been freed after terminating some process. This was used for old systems that didn’t have enough RAM, so in case of our modern computers this is nothing more than a useless habit.

Myth 7:
MACs never get any Virus

This is one of the famous myths that people have. However the fact is that since the Windows is used by more people and is more famous than a MAC, virus developers have developed Trojans for this only but with the increasing popularity of MACs, we have seen virus appearing for Apple’s OS too.

Myth 8:
DSLR can get a better photo than a normal camera

This is somewhat true but not completely as taking a photo depends also on the photographer and not solely on the camera used. If you can’t capture good shot from a normal camera, you won’t be able to capture it from a DSLR as well.

Myth 9:
More Megapixel means better photo

Image quality depends on two things, lens used and the sensor size. Megapixels are important but up to some extent only, above which it just remains as a number. Had the MPs been important everyone around would have turned into a professional photographer.

Well these were some common myths that people have. If you also have some points to add, feel free to add your comment below.

6 Replies to “Some common Tech Myths”

  1. Thank you very much for the tip. I really learned a lot from it, most specially myth no. 6. Oh well, that’s my addiction since windows 95 🙂

  2. @vhick
    Great to know that you learned some facts 🙂
    i am sure most ppl have that habit too, well i think i shall write more on this topic.

  3. First i would appreciate your work,thanks for sharing.My question is if you power off directly what will happen to HDD bcoz the motor runs inside disk runs fast in some thousand rpm so all sudden it will try to stop since it has metal head to read wont it damage the magentic coated disk? Next, if we wont remove safely is there any possibility for a virus get into device since it uses same shell to explore things.

  4. @Sakthi
    with the quality of the materials used these days, there are less chances of HD getting corrupt, however this is not a good practice and should be avoided.
    Not removing the drive safely can never induce a virus, it can only happen of there are virus in the system and during the data transfer.

  5. good one…….
    i like it……..
    some of them i already know, like the first one, its because i experience it lot say 4-5 times a day,,…..haha.

Leave a Reply