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10 common computer myths

10 common computer myths

Today, we're gonna go over 10 really common myths and lies about computers that you should probably stop believing right now. Some of them are rooted in reality, and others are really just nonsense.let's go.

10 common computer myths

first myth, that you must restart your computer after installing every program" or else it won't work, it's just not gonna work. Now, though in reality 9 times out of 10 when a program says that you have to do this it's just not true. Now yes, on very rare occasions you actually do have to restart the computer for the software to work, but I could probably count that on one hand the number of times I've seen that happen. And the reason they say this is because sometimes the installation of the software will have to modify files that are already in use by something else and to unlock that file of sorts you would have to restart the computer. But in almost all cases, if you just run the program after installing it, it'll be fine and its not gonna break anything.

Next number 2. "Windows is an insecure operating system." Now this is a myth that's based on faulty logic. Yes, it's true that most hackers target Windows users, and there are more viruses for Windows, but the reason for that is simply because there are so many more Windows users than other operating systems and that makes it more worth a hacker's time to focus on Windows, so if they create a virus for Windows, it has a higher chance of "success" if you'd consider it that. However, if you keep Windows constantly up to date, you are good with automatic backups, you don't put it off for weeks on end, it actually is pretty secure because a lot of hacks, many of them, rely on exploits that have already been patched, if you would only keep it up to date. So if you don't keep your operating system up to date, when you're going to get got and if you are holding onto really old operating systems like XP you're just putting yourself at risk.

the next myth isn't so prevalent anymore but it's that you need to safely eject a thumb drive before unplugging it The reason that feature exists and it says to do that is to make sure that nothing on the thumb drive is still being used and written to. If you pull out a thumb drive while a file is being copied to it or something like that you do have a good chance of permanently corrupting that file or others so if you're just copy an unimportant file to thumb drive and you know it's done there's nothing being read to it nothing is going to happen if you unplug it but if you say are saving an incredibly important document like a thesis onto it and you're not totally sure if it's being accessed by another program or Microsoft Word is still saving to it or something safely ejecting it is certainly not a bad idea and i would do that but most of the time 99% of time nothing's going to happen as long as you don't unplug it in the middle of saving all right number four isn't 

so much a myth but its installation disks for monitors routers keyboards and other nonsense i think that most of you know what I'm talking about here i have no idea why manufacturers still include stupid hardware installation disks with their products and even in the few cases where you actually do need to install a driver for a device to work because it's not supported by windows by default that installation disk is going to have completely outdated version of the driver on it and you're going to have to download the updated driver from the website anyway so ignore driver installation disks just install it directly from the manufacturer website number five you don't need an antivirus if you're good with computers wrong sir wrong now of course common sense and good practices for security are the best antivirus but there are occasional situations where you can get infected with zero interaction or fault of your own for example if you're visiting a website maybe it was somehow compromised and in that case a hacker may take advantage of an exploit in your browser or a plug-in for your browser and this is why it's so critical to keep all your software up-to-date because again most of these exploits rely on outdated software and if you have a really outdated version all those exploits have already been found for a while and sometimes it's a drive-by attack where you don't even have to click on anything it's just malicious code on the website, not super often but it can happen keeping software update includes your browser itself your operating system browser plug-ins and java if you have java not JavaScript by the way java installed in your computer first of all I recommend disabling it in browser altogether because you almost never need it and i would even consider uninstalling it altogether you almost never see Java plugins there's only really not that many that use it anyway Java is one of the most commonly exploited softwares out there and it's because nobody keeps it up to date so either keep it up-to-date, disable it in your browser or just uninstall it completely you're probably not going to even notice 

next number six is related to number five and that is if you have an antivirus you can't get viruses I hope I don't have to explain this one antivirus software is not bulletproof and many rely on virus definitions so if it's a new virus or one that has been slightly modified it won't be detected because it's not in the database, of course today any viruses also use heuristics which looks at the behavior of the program and spots anything suspicious but that too is not perfect there's a lot of false positives a lot of false negatives as well so just because you have antivirus doesn't mean you can ignore all the other best practices antivirus should be a last line of defense number seven if you pay for a faster internet plan websites will load faster the only time this is true is if you have a really low tier internet such as 20 megabits per second or less but going from fifty to a hundred megabytes for example is not going to really have an effect on how fast web sites load mostly 

because websites do not take up much bandwidth at all to load the content on them like videos and that sort of thing might take more but the website itself might only be like a few mega bytes at most and at a certain point it's like using a fire hose to fill up a bucket when you could just use a garden hose and even with downloading files it's usually the website server itself that's limiting the download speed not your connection i mean i have gigabit and the only time I saturate my connection is when i'm downloading from major services that are used to handling huge downloads like steam for video games usenet Amazon Google and others but if you go to download something from an average website they are most likely throttling downloads because they don't have to pay to be able to handle everyone's high-speed internet they want to be able to pay for a lower bandwidth and just give everyone a slower download speed to save costs now obviously there's plenty of reasons to get a very fast internet speed if you have a lot of people in your house or you do download huge files regularly or you just like to have fast internet you probably know why then obviously i'm not going to say don't get it now number eight is very near and dear to my heart and that is that people who are good with computers know how to fix every computer problem well for those of you who don't already know i'm gonna let you in on some top-secret information don't tell anyone you see 99 percent of the time we have no idea what the problem is and we simply google the error message to see if anyone else has already figured it out on a forum or something like that you see most of the time being good at fixing computers actually just means we're good at searching for the solution and knowing the right questions to ask about how to find the solution that someone already came up with 

so of course every once in a while there is a problem that apparently no one has ever had before and that does take quite a bit of critical thinking but most of the time you can just find the answer as a top search result so try yourself next time you have never message google it and see if you can figure it out yourself all right number nine I mean more ram is better well actually it is but just like the internet speed myth getting more than you need probably won't help i would say for the average person 8 gigabytes of RAM is definitely enough i mean the most common programs don't use that much RAM and they only use what they need now if you're using a heavy hitter program like adobe premiere pro photoshop then yeah get as much ram as you can afford because that type of professional work will gobble up as much memory as you can throw at it but those of you who do need that much ram don't need me to tell you that but one more thing to remember about ram is that just important as the amount of ram is the speed or frequency in the latency of the ram and yes latency is equally as important as the clock frequency so if you don't understand how latency relates to frequency don't buy any more ram until you do and I did actually make another video on my old channel here if you want to see my explanation  of that should be pretty helpful and now finally number ten is that you need to wear an anti-static wristband anytime you open your computer or else lightning bolts will literally shoot out of your hands and incinerate your entire computer but really unless you're wearing like wool socks and drag your feet across the carpet or something anti-static wrist bands aren't exactly as important as you think this is all anecdotal right here but I built several computers open my computer countless times even on carpeting probably not the best idea but I've never fried component nor heard of any friends of doing the same i'm not going to go as far as outright telling you to not use one because they do help they do what they're supposed to but if you don't use one odds are you're going to be fine that being said though if I were handling and extremely expensive component like a cpu I would still like to play it safe and wear a simple two-dollar wrist strap no matter what the odds it's just not worth the risk but if you're at least reasonably careful there's not much to worry about otherwise so there you have it 10 common computer myths. thanks take care.