Common Internet misconceptions we are harboring as a Regular PC User. I’m trying to concentrate over the misconceptions only. So, not all of them have solutions here. You can check my other articles for the solution. I’m sure you will get it. If you don’t have that much patience. Please ask in the comment, I will answer it for you.
1. Hacking And Cracking
Anytime a website is defaced, an important account is compromised, or some group steals a bunch of login information, it’s always blamed on hackers. This is the result of a misunderstanding about what hacking involves, though. Hacking is when someone who has a strong knowledge of computer security finds a vulnerability in the system and uses it to get in, usually through some kind of backdoor method.
Cracking, on the other hand, involves using a program written by somebody else that sort of breaks the virtual door down, often by trying different combinations of passwords over and over. These are known as “brute force” attacks. To make things more confusing, the media often refers to things as “hacking” when nothing was hacked or cracked in any way.
2. Government can “hack” into everything
There are so many people out there who believes that stuff. Well think like if Government can hack into anything, how do they all manage that kind of data where even service providers are fighting day by day. Yes, the service providers has your information like Facebook. When they needs any information, they will need Facebook’s help. And it’s against the ethics if Facebook just give the permission to investigate a user.
3. Everything is a virus
Most people who fall into the non-power-user category are completely incapable of identifying malware. Or rather they tend to attribute typical non-malware, user errors or hardware issues to malicious viral activity, and ignore actual infection symptoms. I guess they assume is that a virus is supposed to do something unusual: for example print messages on the screen, play sinister audio clips and etc. This is typically reinforced by intro level technology courses which like to talk about the history of malware and showcase some of the early viruses that were written primarily for the proverbial LULZ. These days malware is primarily written with profit in mind: either used to deliver advertising as payload, or to create bonnets which can be utilized in various ways. I’m trying to put some examples:
- Screen is upside down – definitely a virus
- Strange popups and redirects – business as usual
- Accidentally associated Word files with Adobe Reader – totally a virus
- Antivirus & firewall disabled and most executables crash – business as usual
- Battery status LED blinking red – OMG virus!
4. Internet research requires “computer/programming skills”
Well think about Google. Since the beginning Google never put loads of contents like others. Very simple and User Friendly Interface. What do you need? Everything is there. You just gotta type what you need or you can also speak to Google, even better, Right? It’s very simple Man to Machine communication. Do you need any extra skills? Well I can’t see any.
5. WWW goes in front of everything
This is another very common Misconception and Mistake some people makes everyday. Where they can save many times. Not everything needs www in front of it. And today’s browsers are too much intelligent that you wouldn’t have to worry about so many things. Of course if you are not using any Browser from 90’s. Also subdomains do not have www. Bottomline is you get access to the site you are trying to, no matter if you are using www in front of it or not.
6. Downloading is catch all term
Users really, really, really like to download stuff. Most of them are not entirely sure what that word means, but for some reason the really like to use it in every sentence. On an average help desk call, you can expect the word “downloaded” to be used about 8-10 times, in different contexts meaning different things. Because fuck consistency, and fuck communication! DOWNLOAD ALL THE THINGS!
7. Private or “incognito” browsing means you’re anonymous online.
Well the truth is enabling private, or “incognito” mode may hide the sites you visit from your web history, but it doesn’t hide you from the web entirely. It simply means that the sites you visit won’t go in your web history or automatically log you into your accounts. It doesn’t mean that you’re invisible to the sites you visit, however. And also Chrome Incognito saves cookies
8. The Wifi Facts
There two Misconceptions popular around. Some people believes Wi-Fi Is The Only Kind of Wireless Networking. Well of course not where were you when Infra- ray and Bluetooth technology arrived. Okay let’s guess you were young or you never born. What about Li-fi? It’s very new and you can say it’s the next version of Wi-fi just more faster and Secured. See, now you know.
Let’s jump into the other one. Downloading a Hotspot Software will make your PC a Wifi Router. Yes if only you are using a laptop and a desktop with a Wi-fi device. It won’t work on Desktop unless you have a Wi-fi Device. You are probably thinking what is this guy blabbering about? Okay tell me this, if you don’t have a monitor how will you see what’s going on? Same as Wi-fi, I mean same as for everything. To make something work you need the Hardware & Software both. So, Software can’t built hardware by itself. It’s not magic ma’am.
9. Internet & Web Same thing?
So many people still doesn’t know both of them are not same. Yes, they are aren’t. Totally different thing than each other. I won’t elaborate it. Internet is a combination of networks. And web is a part of it. To use web you will need a Browser. For Internet, you will need a lot of things but 1st an ISP (Internet Service Provider). Not clear? Okay, think Internet as a Mailman and the letter he gave you was the Web. You could read it through a Paper, The Browser. I can’t be more clearer sorry.
10. You are Secured cause you maintain everything.
- I don’t have important information or sensitive data on my system / email account. Why should I worry?
- In case I get infected, I will see that for sure.
- My social networks are safe places. Friends will be friends.
- I only download and access information from trusted sources. This keeps me protected.
- I only open emails from my friends, so I’m safe.
- I don’t need security software, I don’t access unsafe locations.
- I set a strong and complex password to my account, so I’ll be OK.
It doesn’t matter. Even if you are most secured guy in the world. Once you go online anything could happen to you means your data or system. There’s no permanent security out there.