Don’t Fall for These Tech Myths
We hear tech myths all the time: “Fully discharge your battery to prolong its life” or “Jailbreaking your phone is illegal”. Lifehacker’s Top 10 puts these myths to rest:
1. [Insert Product Name Here] Will Speed Up Your Computer
We all want a quick, free way to increase computer speed, but what really works is to upgrade your hardware and perform regular maintenance.
2. PeerBlock will Keep You Safe and Anonymous on BitTorrent
Encryption only keeps your ISP from throttling you, and PeerBlock is not even close to being foolproof. To really stay anonymous, you have to use a VPN or a proxy service like BTGuard
3. Password-Protected Wi-Fi Networks Are Safe from Hackers
Unless you’re at home, always protect yourself when connected to Wi-Fi—you never know who else is connected.
4. You Should Fully Discharge Your Laptop Battery Every Time
This myth is left over from old nickel cadmium batteries that suffer from a memory effect no longer present in modern lithium batteries. Today’s batteries take less maintenance, but there are ways to prolong battery lifespans.
5. You Should Buy an Extended Warranty for New Gadgets
Sometimes they only cover half the things that could go wrong, or sometimes the chances of your device failing are just plain slim.
6. Mac Users Don’t Need to Worry About Malware
While viruses aren’t as widespread on Macs as they are on Windows, Macs are far from immune. Safe browsing and common sense are the best protection against viruses and other malware.
7. Jailbreaking Your Phone Is Illegal
This is 100% false. As long as you own the device and aren’t trying to pirate apps, it is completely legal.
8. Android Task Killers Are Necessary for Good Performance
Many hardware manufacturers and cellphone carriers will recommend you use a task killer to lengthen your battery life and speed up your phone. Task killers can cause problems, and you shouldn’t use them unless you’re using a very, very old phone with very, very outdated software.
9. Lossless Music Sounds Better than MP3
You’d need a very fine-tuned ear, some really high-end speakers, and a specific type of music, like classical or jazz to tell the difference.
10. Better Hardware Specs = Better Gadgets
Most hardware specs don’t even mean much these days. Processors have more power than most users will ever need, and phones come out so often that by the time your dream phone comes out, another one will have already been announced.
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