I must say that, interesting though the how to geek article is, I also think it has some flaws. Some of the 12 myths don't seem to be myths at all, atleast not in my experience. Perhaps they are truths which have become mislabelled as myths, that can happen. Or maybe the key "mythical" thing about some of the "myths" is that they are stated as being absolute rules covering all possible circumstances with no exceptions, and it is an over insistance on them being absolutely true which makes them mythical. I would rate the 12 "myths" like this...
1.The article is more-or-less right about this, but even though they are unlikely to be after you individidually you still need to take a lot of steps to prevent yourself being one of their victims.
2.The article forgets to mention that the developer's website, especially for OPEN SOURCE programs, usually has a version without bundled junk.
3.Although you might not NEED to turn your computer off EVERY night, doing so doesn't do the computer any harm, and letting computers cool down like this is a sensible thing to do from time to time.
4.Although some updates are clearly crucial (the security ones) there are risks associated with letting all operating system updates be fully automatic, and some windows updates recently have done things which some users certainly did not want. It is my personal view that "check automatically but ask me before download or installation" is a better setting to have updates on, having this setting chosen has done be more good than harm. It is true that most of the updates won't brek your computer, but because of the very small number which might, and the small number which do unpleasant things (remember the update KB2973544 which forcibly upgraded users of 8.0 to 8.1), having updates on the "check automatically but ask me before download or installation" is wiser in my view. One must ofcourse set oneself reminders to go to windows update in the control panel and install ALL the SECURITY updates on offer as well as browsing the descriptions of the rest to see which are likely to be helpful.
5.IE might not be as bad as it has been in the past, BUT is still less secure than firefox with noscript. It must also be noted that blocking adverts and preventing automatic loading of flash content (both of which are important for security and improve speed) are a lot simpler in firefox and chrome than in IE.
6.The article seems to be correct here.
7.The article seems to be correct here.
8.The article is right here, the number of scams where the "codec" "you need to watch this video" is actually a virus is huge. And VLC is excellent.
9.The article is more-or-less correct here, viruses DO cause problems with computers but so do MANY OTHER THINGS.
10.The article is correct, for true protecton you need an antivirus(plenty of choices here), plus an antimalware(like malwarebytes), plus a second opinion scanner(malwarebytes can also be this, so can ESET online scanner), plus a script blocker in the browser(like noscript), plus an anti-exploit tool "behind" the browser (like malwarebytes anti-exploit), plus an up-to-date browser, plus up-to-date plugins, plus all the security updates on your OS up-to-date, plus the file explorer set NOT to "hide full file extensions for known file types"(this guards against viruses pretending to be other file types), plus good backups of all your files incase something goes wrong, plus a few system images to restore your operating system to a clean state if something goes wrong(windows has a toll to make these buried within control panel), and you need some GOOD PRACTICES as well. And EVEN THEN all this isn't 100% reliable, some things MIGHT still get round all those defences.
11.I think the article might be wrong here, one certainly doesn't need to clear their cache on a VERY frequent basis, but clearing it now and then does seem to speed things up in MY experience. Temp file cleaning certainly speeds things up, because temp files which are left over when a program closes are usually no longer of any importance, they were created by the program which made them purely to hold some data it thought it might need again during THAT session of running.
12.The article is absolutely right here.
Edited by rp88, 17 June 2015 - 03:48 PM.
Back on this site, for a while anyway, been so busy the last year.
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