Our computers, or for that matter any gadget that we own, typically end up becoming our lifeline. We love them, take care of them, and in several cases become possessive about them as well. Sometimes, we overdo it and as a result do it more harm than good. Yes, it is all about our love for our gadgets that we do know that certain things we follow are simple myths, but find it hard to give them up. For your fun read, we’ve compiled below five of the most popular myths that most of us believe in, knowingly and yet aren’t ready to leave them. Download Office.com/setup
The fact is we need to let go of these… now!
Myth 1: A slow computer is almost always a sign of malware attack
This one’s the favorite! Quintessentially, we like to believe that if our computer is sluggish, it must have to be the doing of a virus. What we mostly like to forget or not pay attention to is that it could be due to several opened programs, unused programs that are simply lying in the disk drives and eating up memory and lack of free RAM. A slow computer can also be a result of an unattended hardware issue or the presence of add-ons and plug-ins that we hardly use but never remove from the system.
It’s good to be cautious about virus, but don’t over think. Check out these issues once before you press the panic button.
Myth 2: You should defragment your drives frequently
In reality, you shouldn’t attempt to defragment your computer at all, especially if it is set with SSD (Solid State Drive). Most of the modern operating systems come equipped with SSD, which actually read random operations well. So, this leaves you with no reason why you should defrag manually. Also, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs are auto set to run the defrag utility regularly. So, let it do its job, as scheduled, and you can use that time to do something productive. However, if you miss the schedule (typically it is 1 am every Wednesday), because you had shut down your device, you may have to manually do it or wait for the next schedule.
Myth 3: Turning off computer everyday isn’t a good practice
pc-mythsWhy not? Of course, there are handier options like letting your computer hibernate at night or put it in the sleep mode to let all its components rest while it isn’t in use, but there’s certainly no harm in shutting it off. If nothing else, this will provide you additional security. You can prevent hackers from getting an easy entry into your system and network that are on the prowl, looking for your security misses.
Also, this can enhance your device’s lifespan… Don’t shut it down if only you have some important installations or rendering to do at night or if there’s a defrag activity scheduled.
Myth 4: Deleting content from the hard drive cleans the data permanently
No it doesn’t. Although it may appear to you as if the data isn’t present anymore, it still remains recoverable. You aren’t 100% successful with removing the data simply be erasing it from the memory. To clear it permanently, either:
Sure, you may not have super-sensitive data stored in your computer and you may not also have company secrets prompting rivals to target you; nonetheless, you would still have your own personal information stored in your device and even that ‘not-so-important’ information can be worth more than a few thousand bucks. Identity theft instances are on the rise and you can be targeted much more easily than you thought. Rather than being indifferent to this threat, secure yourself fittingly.
As you can see, these are myths that we’ve invariably at least in some points in time religiously believed in. But, since they aren’t true and believing them may do your device more harm than you expected, it is better that you just let them go.
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