5 Misconceptions about Computers (Read: 5 Ways You Suck at Computers)

People make a lot of really stupid mistakes when it comes to computers.  I don’t mean removing that USB stick without “safely removing it.” I mean thinking that pop-out CD drive is a drink coaster (you know who you are).  I have compiled a list of five common misconceptions when it comes to working with a computer.  Hit the jump for the list, as well as a freshly pressed computer virus for you to use on your mother-in-law.  “Is misconception number 1 believing what you are writing down for me right now?” You cheeky…..

Reason #1. Your computer has a mind of its own.

Actually, no.  Your computer does not have a mind of its own.  It is a machine built to do what you tell it to do.  A lot of people think that random programs and toolbars just seem to “install themselves” without ever knowing how it got there.  Well the fact of the matter is, it isn’t the fault of the computer so much as it’s the combination of the actions of both the software and the users.  For instance, toolbars usually piggyback on the install of Java or Adobe software for example.  How, you ask? Because you tell them to.  I’ll let you in on a little secret: you do have to give consent for these installs to install other programs.  But you lazy idiots just click “I AGREE” and “OK” in order to hurry up and instal l the update.  Well, believe it or not, it is at this point that a lot of toolbars and secondary programs are installed.  Maybe taking the 2 extra minutes to read the prompts isn’t such a bad idea after all?

Reason #2. Your Mac is immune to viruses.

Not immune, no.  Perhaps Apple hasn’t experienced but a few big viruses in its lifetime, but the time is coming.  Viruses are written for computers that will receive a lot of traffic.  Hackers are looking to invade user IDs and passwords for access to things such as bank accounts and other sensitive information.  As the OSX platform gains popularity with users, it will also gain the popularity of the hacker looking to exploit.  Unfortunately for Apple, they have a very weak history in security simply because they have never had to deal with it before.  This is partially being addresses in the new OSX releasing soon with automatic updates, much like what Windows does now, but it won’t be enough if you want to fully protect yourself.  But you’re right, your magical Mac is immune.

Reason #3. Why use Google when I can just ask Facebook?

Google is a tool meant to be used to help you in almost any way you can possibly imagine.  It is a powerful tool for helping you with even the most simple of problems (or most complicated).  If you have a problem, chances are very high that someone else has also had this issue and has made a post about it on the internet.  So use it.  Please.  I’m begging you.

Reason #4. I don’t need antivirus because I only surf safe websites.

False.  Viruses spread in all forms.  Email, pictures, audio files, etc.  And they don’t always happen on those sketchy websites you don’t like to admit to visiting.  Facebook was forever plagued by fake videos and photos designed to do nothing but phish your account info in an effort to try to find login info for other sensitive websites.  Bottom line, get protection.  You always need it.

Reason #5. I don’t need to backup my computer.  It will never happen to me.

I shouldn’t have to explain this, but it happens all the time.  You NEED to backup your data, especially since people are putting more and more important/sentimental material on their computers (family photographs, tax documents, schoolwork, etc).  Hardware fails all the time on all types of computers.  Don’t risk it.  It’s not worth it.  There are many many free services for backing up information available to use.  Dropbox, Skydrive, Amazon Cloud Storage and Google Drive just to name a few that can be utilized  by anyone.  Seriously, guys…they’re free….eff arr eee eee….

Beyond these things, you’re on your own.  If you want to know more about any particular subject, please just submit it to the contact page so I can proceed to ignore it.  Now, I’m going to go continue my self portrait in Microsoft Paint.  My nose is so hard to get right…


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