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Technology has become a part of everyday life, but its complexity and dynamism of it often lead to a lack of understanding and the spread of false information. This article discusses seven common myths in the IT industry and provides an explanation as to why they are false. It is intended to help readers better understand the technology they use every day.

1. Closing apps running in the background help conserve battery.

Smartphone users believe that leaving apps running in the background can drain battery life, so they suggest closing out of apps to keep the battery charged longer. Contrary to popular belief, running apps in the background does not have an effect on battery life, and users do not have to worry about their phones dying if they leave apps running.

2. When using a private or incognito browser, you’ll stay anonymous.

Recent years have seen an increase in skepticism of big tech and users’ personal histories, prompting the development of private and incognito browsing tools to better protect personal information. Private and incognito browsing will not track user search history and will not automatically log users into their accounts, thus preventing websites from sending targeted ads and other marketed material. Private or incognito browsing does not provide full anonymity, as the sites visited and the internet service provider will still store information. Business owners should be aware of this, as it is important to ensure employees are not visiting inappropriate sites or using company equipment irresponsibly. Running a background check is a good way to ensure new hires are trustworthy.

3. More bars mean better service.

More bars on a phone do not always mean better service, as seen in a busy city or large concert. This can lead to difficulty in sending messages to friends and family, even though the signal may appear to be strong. Reception is indicated by the number of bars on your phone, which indicates the strength of your signal to the nearest tower. However, if there is a large number of users in one location, this can lead to poor reception due to all the people trying to connect to the same tower.

4. It ruins your battery to leave your phone charging overnight.

Contrary to popular belief, charging a cell phone overnight does not damage the battery. While some experts say prolonged charging can affect the battery’s lifespan, others claim it has no impact. Ultimately, it is safe to keep your phone plugged in while you sleep.

5. Allow your device to shut down before plugging it in to charge.

Most current technology devices do not use Nickel-Cadmium batteries any longer, which have the “memory effect” of not being able to reach a full charge after many cycles. Therefore, it is not necessary to wait until the device is completely drained before recharging. Most tech devices use Lithium-ion batteries, which don’t suffer from the “memory effect” and can be charged anytime regardless of the battery percentage. It is recommended to let the battery drain to 0% once a month to prolong the battery life.

6. Mac computers don’t get viruses.

Early on, Apple marketed its operating system as being more secure than other operating systems, though in 2012, thousands of Macs were targeted by a virus. While Macs are typically more resistant to viruses than PCs, it is still important to have antivirus software and other safety measures installed on any device.

7. More megapixels means better image quality.

Camera and smartphone brands often emphasize the number of megapixels their devices have, but this is not necessarily indicative of the quality of pictures taken. Megapixel count is important, but other factors, such as size and resolution, are more significant in determining the quality of the images. Higher resolution and larger megapixel sizes are better for capturing light and producing higher-quality images.

Myths in the IT industry can confuse consumers about their devices. This article debunks seven common myths to help people better understand how their devices work. Instead of relying on myths, people should take the time to research if they have questions. Thanks to technology, accessing the right information is easier than ever.