Think you’re tech savvy? Well, you’ve probably fallen for more tech myths than you know. For instance, Mac computers aren’t really virus-proof and emptying your recycle bin doesn’t entirely delete the files it once held. And if you’re using private browsing you’re still not surfing the Internet anonymously.
Caroline Moss, writing for Business Insider, recently ran a column exposing some of the most common technology myths. And one of the more prevalent? That Mac computers are magically virus-proof. In fact Macs can suffer from viruses. And now that these computers are becomming widely used you can expect a rise in the number of hackers targeting Apple’s operating system.
The recycling mistake
You would think that moving a file to your computer's recycle bin and emptying the bin would permanently delete that file. You'd be wrong. This process frees up the space that your file had sucked up on your hard drive. But it also leaves fragments behind that, Moss writes, could be retrieved.
Finally, there’s private browsing. You might think that telling your browser to go incognito allows you to surf the Web anonymously. It’s true that private browsing does allow you to surf without leaving behind virtual footprints. But the Web sites that you visit can continue to record your activity. And if you download files in incognito mode they’ll remain your machine even after you return to regular browsing.