• Burton Kelso, The Technology Expert

4 Technology Myths You Shouldn't Believe


Hey Everyone!Technology moves so quickly which means consumers have to constantly learn something new about each gadget that hits the market. Unfortunately it's too much information and most of you become overwhelmed with misinformation I'm here to set the record straight about a lot of the things you probably thought were true about technology. Here are a list of the things you need to stop believing about technology ... oh and please share this with your friends and family.

Macs won't catch viruses. Way back in 2012 Apple told folks a Mac isn't able to get infected by the many viruses that infect Windows computers. In reality, Macs are absolutely vulnerable to virses, just not the ones Windows users catch. Apple had to stop making this claim after a Trojan virus infected about 550,000 of its computers. Keep in mind, Mac computers can also catch the Ransomware virus, which locks up certain files on a victim's computer and forces them to send the hackers money to release them. So stop thinking your Mac won't get infected ... it will.

Leaving your device plugged in will damage the battery. This was a problem with older batteries, but most devices now contain "smart" lithium ion batteries, that know when they are full and will stop charging at that point. So you don't have to worry about unplugging your computer or smartphone at night. If you have heard me tell you not to leave your device plugged in, it was because you had an older device. If you have a tablet, smartphone or computer 2014 and newer, you don't have to worry about 'overcharging' your battery.

Smartphones are dangerous to use at gas stations. You have noticed the signs posted on gas pumps warning you not to use your smartphone. These warnings suggest that texting or calling will cause an gasoline explosion of a 40 megaton bomb. Not so fast. The FCC says while it's theoretically possible for a smartphone battery to ignite gas, the chances are slim to none.

Deleting a file means it's deleted. Putting that Word document containing your old password list in the Trash or Recycle Bin on your computer, and then emptying the contents, will delete it forever, right? Nope. This is what happens. You're actually deleting is the index information that points to the location of the file on your computer's hard drive. You can still recover the file, unless you overwrite it on the hard drive itself. The computer will automatically do this over time, but there's not telling when this will happen, so it's best to remember that once you save it to your computer, it's there to stay.What technology myths have you fallen for? Drop me a line at burton@integralcomputerconsultants.com. Please share this information with everyone.



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