How to know what’s true and what’s not?

As with most things, a cybercriminal’s activities may be either overrated, or underestimated. Some of us believe everything we hear about cybercriminals is true, while others don’t believe anything at all. Everyone is entitled to sharing their opinion, but still, there are some factual threats that shouldn’t be ignored. How does one draw a line between what’s true and what’s not? Check out this list of computer protection myths and legends which should ultimately help you remove any doubts you might have had before.

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MYTH #1

I’m not doing anything risky, so I don’t need protection

Even though you might think you’re safe out there, innocently surfing the web, you can be sure that no one is actually safe. The fact that some people might think they don’t need any sort of anti-malware or anti-virus software is definitely not the right thinking. Your relying on “common sense” is never an acceptable answer for this kind of problem. Everyone needs protection and here’s why.

One of the most important things in technology is keeping your computer protected just the same as you take care of your own personal hygiene, same should go for your PC. If you take good care of your personal hygiene, you avoid illnesses and maintain better health. This concept applies to your PC as well.

Don’t believe the myth that if you don’t visit any so-called potentially “harmful” websites, you won’t get any threats or infections. Malware is often made in a way that you or your computer are unable to recognize it. You might not even ever notice that you have something on your system until you realize it’s acting strange, and by then, it might just be too late.

That’s why it’s good to have a protection tool that you trust, one that will act before the threat enters your system, so you won’t have any problems in the future.

MYTH #2

Hackers aren’t interested in my activities

If you see yourself as someone who doesn’t have anything that hackers would want, we would inform you that this is exactlywhy hackers want you. Anyone who tracks your behavior online (Google, Governments, hackers, etc.), wants to have your personal data and will use for many other purposes that you might not be aware of. So, your information IS valuable and worthy of taking.

How to prevent this from happening? Well, I guess you don’t really have any other choice here but to deal with it, and to try and reduce the amount of personal data saved on your PC as much as possible.

But, NOTE THIS: most threats do not only target you specifically, they rather look for the vulnerable PCs and networks to attack because they are the easiest to attack.

MYTH #3

Incognito-mode will protect me

Incognito mode CAN protect you, BUT only from other people that use your PC. It’s not a private tool that keeps you protected from the rest of the internet.

Many people believe that if you use incognito mode, you cannot be tracked and are free to browse as you please, but we will have to disappoint again you by telling you that you CAN be tracked, and you actually are.

If you check what Google said about this feature, you’ll find that you DO leave traces while browsing in this mode, even if you thought you didn’t. The sites you’ve visited have records of your visit and of everything you’ve ever downloaded from those sites.

Do you believe any of the stories you’ve heard regarding computer security?

Did these myths help uncover any truth about PC security that you didn’t know before?

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