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3 Technology Myths Debunked

As technology continues to progress, many rumors or myths about it will continue to progress also. Read these three untruths about current technology, some of which you already may know the truth to.

The U.S. Library of Congress decreed it illegal to unlock any phone purchased after January 26, 2013, using a third-party vendor.

The U.S. Library of Congress decreed it illegal to unlock any phone purchased after January 26, 2013, using a third-party vendor.

A Mythical Experience

1. It seems as though Apple has taken over the world these days and has flooded it with a bevy of products. Two products offered by the company that many enjoy time-after-time is the Mac laptop and desktop. Why not? These operating systems are not susceptible to viruses, right? This statement is false. In fact, Macs can become infected with viruses. And, while it’s clear to some why Mac products easily are a favorite, Mac users should make safe browsing and virus monitoring a top priority, just as PC users do.

According to the company, “Although no computer connected to the Internet is completely immune to all viruses and spyware, Mac OS X has built-in defenses designed with your safety in mind,” a statement that clearly is visible on the company’s Web site.

2. From the now passé floppy disk to the pocket-size USB Drive, backing-up ones documents is a must and is recommended, by IT departments of companies across the globe.

Many chide that improperly removing a USB drive will delete all of your data, but there is no concrete evidence that suggests this. What does this mean? It is better to err on the side of caution when removing your drive. Furthermore, take the extra few minutes to go through the steps to remove the USB safely, a process that will save you a lot of hassle in the long run, because you can protect your workstation and your work, as well.

3. Question: Do you think “jailbreaking” and “unlocking” a device is illegal? First, let’s be clear on what the two actually mean. Jailbreaking refers to bypassing Apple’s security, in order to install modifications that are not allowed in the App store. Unlocking, on the other hand means you’ve freed your device to work on any carrier, not just the one you purchased it from. The U.S. Library of Congress decreed it illegal to unlock any phone purchased after January 26, 2013, using a third-party vendor. Note that jailbreaking your iPhone is still legal until at least 2015, under an exemption in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). So, the answer to this question is both ‘yes’ and ‘no,’ until 2015.

How Rumors Start

Nobody knows for certain how these rumors started surrounding this well-known technology. Nonetheless, the truth now has been revealed. What do you think? Has your notion about technology changed at all?

Web Links:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/komando/2013/02/14/tech-myths-mac-software-megapixels-camera/1910521/;

http://www.businessinsider.com/debunking-technology-myths-2013-9?op=1;

https://www.eff.org/is-it-illegal-to-unlock-a-phone

-Kimberly Williams

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