The 10 Biggest Tech Myths Doing The Rounds

Thinking you're untouchable if you own a Mac is dangerous.

In the technology world there are always lots of changes and improvements and coming to grips with them all can sometimes be a challenge. With that in mind we thought it was time to dispel some of the biggest myths and misconceptions in tech.

These myths can take on a life of their own and most people just assume they’re true. That's how they became myths in the first place.

Here are the top 10 biggest tech myths:

1 MACS NEVER GET VIRUSES:

Thinking you're untouchable if you own a Mac is dangerous.

Apple’s Mac computers -- the iMac and MacBook -- can and do get infected with viruses, so having Internet security software is your best option.

Windows users are the largest targets because the software runs on more than 90 percent of the world's computers and, as a result, 99 percent of the threats are aimed at Windows PCs.

But there have been some well-documented cases of Mac viruses, so don't think it won't happen to you.

2 RICE CAN SAVE YOUR WET PHONE:

Desperate people do desperate things, including burying their wet phone in a cup of rice. We can see why some people would think this would work, given rice's ability to absorb moisture.

But in the case of a wet phone, it is the water inside the phone that's done the damage and there are no rice grains that can change that.

Experts say you're better off leaving your phone on a shelf if it ever gets wet. Or buy a new one that’s water resistant.

We can see why some people would think this would work, given rice's ability to absorb moisture. Image: Getty

3 CHARGING YOUR PHONE OVERNIGHT WILL DAMAGE THE BATTERY:

A lot of people plug-in their phones to charge overnight so the battery is full when they start the day. The notion that it can damage the battery is incorrect.

Battery technology has improved significantly in the last few years and today's modern battery knows to stop charging when it hits 100 per cent.

4 YOU NEED AN EXTENDED WARRANTY:

It's not uncommon to see stores offering extended warranties, especially for larger more expensive items like televisions.

Usually a warranty lasts 12 months but thanks to the changes in Australian Consumer Law, there is now a "reasonable expectation" that an item like a TV and even a phone should work years after it was purchased.

5 DOES YOUR SMARTPHONE NEED SECURITY?

Our smartphones are mini computers, which like regular computers, need protection. And we’re not talking about having a pass code to secure your device.

It's a good idea to use one of the licenses for your computer’s internet security software to protect your mobile device to prevent you from downloading a malicious app or file.

Internet security companies have identified more than 10 million mobile threats to date with millions more expected before the end of the year.

6 YOU NEED EXPENSIVE CABLES TO ENJOY A GOOD PICTURE ON YOUR TV

An electrical retailer offering to sell you more expensive HDMI cables to go with your new TV is the digital equivalent of “would you like fries with that?”.

This classic upsell is one that many people fall for. Expensive cables are no better than regular cables. You're dealing with a digital signal and the cable is only going to transfer that signal not enhance it.

You DO need fries, but you DON'T Need expensive cables. Image: Getty.

7 USING YOUR MOBILE PHONE AT THE BOWSER WILL START A FIRE

There are lots of places where we are told not to use your phone -- including at the petrol browser.

Yes, there are signs warning against it but there is no actual evidence that a mobile phone, even when being used during the call, poses any kind of ignition risk.

8 ONLY TEENAGERS PLAY COMPUTER GAMES

Playing computer games has evolved into a pastime that involves the entire family. The revenue generated by the gaming industry in Australia actually outweighs the theatrical box office.

And the average age of an Australian gamer is 34 and 46 per cent of all players are female.

Women account for 46 percent of gamers. Image: Getty.

9 MORE MEGAPIXELS MEANS BETTER PICTURES

More megapixels means a larger file not a better picture.

When it comes to cameras, whether it's an SLR or a smartphone, it is the sensor and how it handles the light coming in the lens that determines the quality of your image.

Bigger isn't always better, it's what you do with those pixels that count.

10 MORE SIGNAL BARS MEANS BETTER RECEPTION

The number of signal bars on your phone is more of an indication of your proximity to a cell tower and doesn't always mean better reception.

There are a lot of factors that can influence call quality even when standing beside a mobile tower,  including the number of people using it at the same time.

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