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Debunking 4 Popular Myths About Laptops

There is a lot of myths on the internet today and we tend to take some of them as facts when they aren’t. Technology is evolving alongside us, and now, more than ever, especially after the last 2 years, we have become dependent on our laptops for both work and entertainment purposes. My laptop, at this point, travels almost everywhere with me; this is because it contains all my personal and work information.

With the advent of technology, more and more people have been using the internet, which means that more fake news or clickbait title are shared around, and there is still a lot of myth surrounding laptops out there. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn more about some of the myths about laptops.

#Myth 1- They make you sterile


Yes, this is one of the popular myths about laptops out there, and we don’t know how to feel about it. This notion out there of the hellscape is the internet that a laptop can make a person with testicles sterile. There are two main reasons why people believe this. The first group believes that the radiation affects this, and the other group believes that it is the heat of the laptop.

However, both groups and reasons blame it on the proximity of the laptop to the testicles. Even though some studies have “proven” the radiation theory, other studies state that these studies are lacking in one way or another. One of the main criticism of this questionable study is that the sperm in the study wasn’t in the human body’s protective cocoon.

The arguments out there are also mixed for the heat, as rise in temperature is known to negatively affect sperm production, and this phenomenon has been observed in hot tub enthusiasts, runners, and bicyclists. So keeping a laptop near your crotch can impair your reproductive material, but it is important to note that this effect is wholly temporary.

#Myth 2- They should be turned off when not in use


We are all afraid of damaging our gadgets, and it is a big issue when you buy a fancy laptop; this is one of those things that all of us fear. There is a myth that you should unplug and empty your laptop every month or so, which is completely unfounded. This used to be true, but this hasn’t been the case for the past 5 to 10 years.

In the past, laptops used to be constructed with nickel-metal hydride batteries, and they were susceptible to a decrease in their longevity. Now, most laptops are made with lithium batteries, and they have a two to three years lifespan regardless of how often they are discharged. So, no, you don’t always have to turn your laptop off, and if you forget about it, then it’s completely okay.

#Myth 3- Macs are immune to viruses


This is a complete and absolute myth. If you avoid sketchy websites and download them, then you are golden, and you won’t have to deal with unwanted viruses. This myth promotes a kind of cavalier attitude, which gets a lot of people into trouble. Computer viruses are only successful when they replicate themselves.

Over 90% of all laptop and desktop computers are running on Microsoft Windows operating systems, and there is nothing about Macs that make them immune to viruses. It is usually fair to say that Macs are less frequently stricken with malicious software; it is better to be smart rather than sorry.

#Myth 4- Your laptop is always watching you


I mean, come on, are you a boomer or something? Your laptop isn’t watching you; you and most people, for that matter, aren’t that special. However, other people can still watch you using your laptop’s webcam. This is also not a 100% true, but there is some truth to it.

A malicious attacker with the right know-how can gain control of your laptop’s webcam and use this for all sorts of embarrassing purposes. But it takes some participation on your part, although you don’t necessarily know this sometimes. Again don’t be fooled by sketchy websites, and make you don’t download anything unsafe online. On top of that, keep your laptop away from creep in real life, too, because it contains a lot of personal information.

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