8 Common Tech Myths You Should Stop Believing

You must have heard people saying, you should never leave your phone plugged in overnight, it may ruin the battery. Well, it’s a myth. There are a number of such myths out there that lots of people think are true while there is absolutely no truth in them. In this post we will discuss some common tech myths and why they are not true at all. Let’s get started.

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Myth 1: Jail breaking is illegal

A lot of people keep away from Jailbreaking iPhones because they think it is illegal. This however is not actually true. Jailbreaking is perfectly legal. However, if you use Jailbreaking to download copyrighted content, well, that is illegal. Jailbreaking was made legal back in 2012 with an exemption made to “Digital Millennium Copyright Act”. But Apple still doesn’t want people to jailbreak their devices which is why jailbreaking effectively voids its warranty. However, you can un-jailbreak your device and no one would ever know.

Rooting is pretty much the same way. It’s perfectly legal to root your android device, just make sure you do it properly and don’t end up leaving you device bricked.

Myth 2: Never Leave Battery Plugged in overnight

When it comes to battery myths, most of us are left with true facts from old days that do not apply to modern devices. The common myth about the battery life is that if you leave your phone charging overnight, it will harm the battery. This is not actually true, because modern devices are smart enough to not let this happen. For example, if you leave your smartphone charging overnight, as soon as the battery reaches its maximum capacity, the smartphone just stops charging the battery and start using the connected adaptor as its main power supply. No extra charge passes to the battery and your phone is completely safe if you charge it overnight.

Another myth about battery is that you have to let them discharge completely every few days. This is also not true for Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries.

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Myth 3: More Megapixels mean better camera

When it comes to buying smartphones, most people judge the camera by its megapixel value. While it is not incorrect that more megapixels are a better thing, the problem is that the megapixels are not the only thing that plays in the camera, the quality of lenses and sensors matter a lot. In fact higher number of megapixels requires more accurate lenses and better sensors for a good quality image. And if these things are not present, the image quality will actually be worse than a similar lens and sensor camera with fewer megapixels. For example, Moto G4+ has 16MP camera while the Galaxy S8 has a 12MP camera. You can take a look at the picture taken by both cameras, S8 captures way better photos.

When it comes to the performance of the camera, there are things like aperture and the size of the pixels that matter a lot more. For example, a camera with F1.7 aperture will capture more light than a camera with F2.0 aperture camera which will result in lot less noise in low light pictures.

Myth 4: More Network bars means better service

This is a very common misconception that a lot of people have. The number of network bars that are displayed in smartphone is not an indicator of the quality of service. It’s an indicator of signal strength from the cellular tower it is connected to. However, if a cellular tower has a lot of devices connected to it, you will experience call drop and network issues regardless of the number of bars you smartphone is showing. Similarly, if a cellular tower has fewer devices connected to it, you will get a better call quality even if number of bars is low.

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Myth 5: Torrents are illegal

Torrents, well, we all have used them. And we are pretty sure that you must have seen messages on various torrent websites saying that “url has been blocked by telecomm department or authorities” or similar message. But does that mean that torrents are illegal? Actually no, torrents are not illegal. Torrents are simply a method of peer to peer file sharing which is exactly how file sharing apps work on Android phones using WiFi hotspots. Even Ubuntu is officially available to download via torrents. So, as long as you are not downloading copyrighted content via torrents, you are not actually breaking any laws. Copyrighted content includes TV shows, Movies, Songs, Softwares, Games etc. Downloading things like that via torrents is, without any doubt illegal. Bottom line is, as long as you are downloading the content that you have right to download, you are not actually breaking any law.

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Myth 6: Bitcoin is illegal

Bitcoin, the decentralized digital currency confuses a lot of people and there are a lot of discussions going on about its legality as well. We cannot say anything about overall legality of Bitcoin because every country takes a different approach to it. However, in most countries, the Bitcoin is legal. Even in India, the status of Bitcoin is not illegal. However, authorities suggest people to use Bitcoin at their own risk because the currency is not currently regulated. In some countries like US, Canada and most of Europe, Bitcoin is perfectly legal whereas in countries like China, India, Russia, Bitcoin is neither illegal nor legal.

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Myth 7: Free Services are actually free

Remember when you created your Facebook account, the home page says the things like “It’s free and always will be”. Well, that’s not true at all. We are sorry to burst your bubble but nothing is free. Websites like Facebook and services like Gmail and YouTube are offered as free services but it’s not strictly true. These websites and services display ads and earn revenue through that. They display these ads using the person’s age and interests. So, they may not be charging you via your credit card but they are surely charging you in terms of personal life. When we say personal life, we mean highly personal details. Some of the examples of the personal data that website like Facebook use to target ads includes the Phone you use, places you visit, pages you interacted with and many more. What’s more scary is that, this is the data that Facebook publicly tells that they have, they probably have a lot more. And all that data is being used by advertisers to display ads while we think that we are getting access to these websites for free. You can check you data in Facebook ad preferences. Even Gmail is known to scan and index emails that we send and receive and use that data to sell personalized ads to users. The things that Google knows about us are actually quite terrifying. In fact if you use Google maps, Google basically always know where you are at all times. Just think about that for a while.

Myth 8: Refreshing Windows makes it faster

We have all got into the habit of pressing F5 button to refresh Windows with the subconscious hope that it will make Windows faster. Well, this is not true at all. Refresh Windows is nothing but reloading the desktop content and index changes. It is useful only when you made changes to a file and it is not reflecting in explorer. Refreshing can make these changes visible on screen. Modern Windows are smart enough to reflect the changes automatically whenever there is any change made to a file or folder. Refreshing can be useful for Network drives which don’t reflect changes immediately. So, the truth is, refreshing your Windows will never make it faster. In fact it adds more load to the computer to handle and more elements to read.

Well these were some common tech myths and why there is no reason to believe in them. So, what are some common tech myths that you have heard about? Do let us know in comment section below. Enjoy, have fun!

About Aslam Khan

Hi there, I am a blogger, engineer and a computer geek. I love kittens. I spend some of my time blogging besides full time job as Senior Windows Administrator. I like to learn new things.

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