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Debunking the biggest myths in IT

There are plenty of myths out there that get a lot of coverage; the Loch Ness monster, leprechauns, or that carrots help you see in the dark… the list goes on. However, IT myths are rarely in the spotlight and are much more believable than those listed.

Luckily for you, we have compiled a list of the biggest myths in IT so you are fully aware of the dangers that most people aren’t aware of – just think of us as the IT version of Myth Busters!

Myth 1 – Consumer and business PC’s are basically the same

Unfortunately, this isn’t true. There are many differences between consumer and business PCs besides the price. The main differences being that business PC’s have increased security protection and the ability to connect to servers at work. However, this isn’t to say that you need to spend a fortune getting a business-class PC, call us on 03333 055 055 and we’ll help you get the best deal.

Myth 2 – Apple computers don’t get viruses

There is a big misconception that Apple Mac’s can’t get viruses. We can’t stress enough that this isn’t the case. This myth most likely comes from the fact that there are simply more Microsoft Windows users than Mac users, meaning there are more people to target.

When you think about it, if Apple products were completely exempt from viruses then Apple wouldn’t bother releasing security updates, but they do.

Myth 3 You only need to backup once

One backup is never enough! You should follow the 3-2-1 backup rule.

The 3-2-1 backup rule means backing up on three different devices in two different ways with one being stored offsite.

Here are some devices you may want to consider backing up on:

1. USB Stick

2. External Hard Drive

3. The Cloud

4. Network Attached Storage

5. Printed Copies

Luckily for you, we offer a Hybrid Backup that will take a copy of your data and put it in the cloud, offsite, protected from your environment. It also has the added capability to backup to an onsite device as well. Call us on 03333 055 055 and one of our experts will be able to get this set up for you!

Myth 4 Antivirus software will prevent all cyber attacks

Is antivirus software great? Yes. Should it be the only source of security prevention you use? No. No antivirus software is going to protect you from all the threats that are out there. Cybercriminals are clever and are constantly developing ways around antivirus software. Make sure you are always upgrading your antivirus where possible and taking other precautions such as staying on top of your computer updates. Many people don’t realise the importance of updates but computer updates often contain security patches that help prevent viruses. More about the importance of updates can be found here.

Myth 5 Small companies aren’t targeted by cybercriminals

This isn’t true at all. You will often only hear when big companies are being attacked by cybercriminals because they’re the ones that get media attention. In actual fact, almost half of cybercriminals target smaller businesses because it’s easier for them.

Myth 6 You should wait until your computer fails to replace it

Waiting right up until you physically can’t use your computer anymore isn’t the best thing to do. Before computers do break there are often issues leading up to it. You might notice your computer isn’t as fast as it used to be or maybe it keeps crashing at inconvenient times. These minor inconveniences build up over time and cause you to lose valuable time which you could spend working. When it seems like your computer is struggling, it’s probably time to look at getting it repaired or upgraded.

For more information on this please read our article on when to throw in the towel with your tech.

Do you have another IT myth that you would like busted? Give us a call on 03333 055 055 and speak to one of our experts!


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