Debunking The Most Popular Computer Myths
From human computers to self-thinking computers, the computing world has undergone quite a revolution. Still, there is a fear that is lurking in the mind of every computer user. How safe is my data?
Security is one of the most underestimated and misunderstood concepts in the computer world. All the goodness that a computer brings to your work and personal life will evaporate in a moment if security is not considered seriously.
Unfortunately, there are several misconceptions that are stopping people from taking security seriously and investing in it.
In this article, we are going to list out some such misconceptions about computers that you must know to keep your private and public data safe.
RAM is to blame for slowing down my system
RAM is a volatile memory. It gives your computer enough power to process data quickly. However, low RAM is not always the reason why your computer could be slowing down. There are plenty of other reasons like a large software which consumes too much of RAM.
For instance, text editing software like MS Word can work efficiently with 1 GB RAM. But, for a video editing software like Adobe After Effects, your system must have a RAM of at least 8 GB and above.
The point is, your RAM capacity is not always to blame. Sometimes, the software you use and its system requirements can make your otherwise fast computer dead slow. To spot such inconsistencies, check the Control Panel for large programs and remove the ones that you do not use any longer.
Outdated hardware is obsolete and useless
Did anyone ever tell you that the data that you store on your computer’s memory or hard disk never actually gets deleted permanently. It gets moved to an inaccessible location within the memory. With advanced data restoration software it is always possible to unearth this data that you thought were deleted forever.
Imagine this data being something like your personal photographs, bank statements, login credentials, etc? All hell would break loose if it falls in wrong hands.
However, there is a way out. If you are planning to discard any of your old hardware which can hold data, like your external hard disk or CPU erase all the data using a magnet. The data is usually stored in magnetic tapes which are tiny and cannot be seen. A magnet can rewire the magnetic tape thus destroying all the data stored in it and also any possibility of it being recovered.
My system has an antivirus. I am safe
Protecting your system with an antivirus is a great move. But, an antivirus is simply not enough to protect yourself from the perils that lurk in the Internet. Clicking on malicious links or downloading applications from unverified publishers can make you vulnerable to cyberattacks.
The attacks not always come in the form of viruses. Sometimes they take the form of bots, malware, spyware, etc. which hide themselves in your system and relay your activities, passwords or such confidential information back to the hackers.
How to protect yourself in such a situation? Look for the HTTPS prefix on the website’s URL you are visiting. Websites which are secured using a SSL certificate will have the HTTPS prefix and some of SSL products such as Comodo EV SSL will not have only HTTPs prefix but also have green bar that displays business name. Avoid browsing websites which do not have HTTPS since there is a possibility that hackers might possibly intercept that information you are giving to the website through forms or input fields.
Laptop will catch fire if I leave it on my bed
Unless you set it on fire, a laptop will not catch fire on its own if left on a bed. The only way it can possibly happen is if there is a broken wiring or an electric short circuit that might cause a spark.
Laptops, like desktops come with proper ventilation to keep their heating under control. Even if the ventilation is blocked, like when you have placed it on a bed, the system will heat up unusually. However, the chances of it catching fire is negligible.
One thing that you might want to know is to safeguard yourself getting yourself burnt. Many users have the habit of keeping the laptop on their laps for a long span of time. The heat generated from the laptop is strong enough to leave heat bruises on your skin.
Antivirus is an unwanted expenditure
Well, think again. How many times have you used a USB from a friend or colleague and found your system to be bombarded with hundreds of Trojans? Often, we can easily presume. An antivirus software helps prevent that situation. Moreover, it also helps you stay protected from other security vulnerabilities like malware, spyware, worms, viruses, etc.
Thue bottomline is that, an antivirus software is not an unwanted expenditure, instead a necessary expenditure that will secure your data’s privacy and confidentiality.
Virus is causing my system to shut down
Possible. But, it is not always a virus that could be causing your system to shut down. Sometimes a poorly functioning component or a damage in the mother board can cause the system to malfunction.
In other instances, you system might freeze if you run a software that has plenty of bugs in it. The sad things is, these bugs won’t be visible to your eye and will only reveal themselves by shutting down the system or freezing the system.
Similarly, your system could freeze if there is too much cache that is not cleared. Empty the recycle bin, clear temporary files and uninstall old versions of software to make your system memory lighter and more faster in performance.
To Wind It Up
Most of us live and sleep with computers. Yet, we have come to misunderstand most of the performance issues that computers have. We blame on viruses, hackers and every common source for our system’s troubles.
It is high time that we ignore these misconceptions and know the real reason why our computers could be misbehaving. After reading till here, you must be knowing some of the facts from the misconceptions. Now, you will know where to look at when your computer does not work the way it is meant to be.