We’ve somehow become misinformed about the technology around us; best practices and “common knowledge” that are touted over and over may in fact be causing more harm than good. Well no more! We won’t stand for it. Here are some tech myths that we want to debunk for our readers.
Macs Don’t Get Viruses
A common belief is that Apple Laptops and Computers are immune to viruses, this myth was fueled by Apple themselves by proudly proclaiming that Macs are immune to viruses.
Apple removed this claim after a critical reception to the claim. Macs are indeed susceptible to viruses just like any other PC. The major reason that Mac viruses are not common is because Mac OS only represents a single digit percentage of all operating systems out there, making it much more profitable for virus makers to go after Windows machines. So while they aren’t common, Macs can get viruses and it can wreak havoc on your machine, don’t browse recklessly!
Expensive HDMI Cables give a better picture
Chalk this myth to old-school thinking. In the days of bunny ears and analog cable, the higher quality materials and connectors meant that your picture was clearer due to less static and interference. Digital signals throw all of that out the window, if you get a picture through HDMI then that’s the picture you’re going to get, no amount of gold plating or wire shielding will improve it. So before you go out and spend hundreds of dollars on HDMI cables made by Monster , look at more reasonably priced cables, they’ll perform exactly the same!
Antivirus and Firewalls makes your computer invincible
Antivirus software and Firewalls makeyour computing environment significantly safer, but even the best Anti-Virus isn’t going to catch 100% of the viruses out there and firewalls aren’t fool proof either. The best security actions you can take is to be smart when on the internet, don’t download or click on links you don’t think are reputable and don’t run software that’s not from a safe site. That’s not to say you shouldn’t be without anti-virus, you definitely should, just don’t think that makes your computer invincible.
LED Displays are always better
LED’s stand for light emitting diodes and are a relatively new technology in display panels, whether it’s consumers simplifying their purchase decision making or effective marketing; the majority of people think LED’s monitors are better than LCD’s, full stop. Some general advantages of LEDs are that they’re thinner and draw less power than older lighting options but that doesn’t make the picture any better. There are two types of LED monitors available right now: edge-lit and full-array LEDs. Edge-list LEDs are simply just LCD monitors with LED’s along the edges of the monitor to light up the pixels, these monitors aren’t inherently any better than LCDs, in fact edge-lit monitors can have more uniform display problems than LCD monitors. Full-array LEDs have LEDs lined behind the LCD layer in the monitor, the one true display advantage these monitors have is local dimming, which allows for pixels to turn off allowing for deep blacks and excellent contrast. So when shopping for monitors, look beyond the LED moniker; LCD’s aren’t by default worse than LEDs!