Don’t fall for these tech myths

Think you’re tech savvy? Well, you’ve probably fallen for more tech myths than you know. For example, Mac computers aren’t really virus-proof and emptying your recycle bin doesn’t completely delete the files it once held. And if you’re using private browsing you’re still not surfing the Internet anonymously.

Not hacker-proof

Caroline Moss, a writer with Business Insider, just recently wrote a feature story debunking some of the most common technology myths. And one of her first? The delusion that Mac computers and laptops are impervious to viruses. The fact is, as Macs become more popular, more hackers are starting to target its operating system. If you’re surfing on a Mac, you still ought to be careful.

The recycle bin

Moss also explains that emptying your recycle bin doesn’t permanently delete the files in it. Despite emptying your bin – or your trash – you leave fragments of files that could be retrieved later with some work.

Private browsing

Finally, there’s private browsing. You may think that telling your browser to go incognito enables you to surf the Web anonymously. It’s true that private browsing does let you surf without leaving virtual footprints. But the Web sites you visit can still record your activity. And if you download files in incognito mode they’ll remain your machine even after you return to regular browsing.

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Posted on: 10.16.13