This month I thought I would tackle some of the myths that I often hear, some get posted around Facebook while others I get asked when with my clients.
You must use capital letters in email addresses: FALSE.
These are not important, they will send with or without. Caroline@PuterTutor.co.uk is exactly the same as email@example.com. However, capital letters are important in passwords. PaSSwOrD is different to PassWord.
Also the number of ……. does not necessarily correspond to the number of characters in your password. In the old days it used to, but on modern technology it doesn’t. So don’t use the number of dots to try and remember what your passwords are.
If you accept a friend request from a cloned Facebook account you have been hacked: FALSE.
If you accept a friend request from a spoofed account they cannot access your password. However, the fake account can access all the personal information you share with your Facebook friends. For example, your whereabouts, the fact you are on holiday (easier to burgle) or guess your passwords if you use a pets name or children’s initials etc. For this reason you should consider how much information you share and check your privacy settings.
If your Facebook account is cloned you have been hacked: FALSE.
It is very simple to steal your existing Facebook photo and name and create an account using a false email address. If you become aware you have been cloned you can report the account to Facebook and they will remove it. The image below show you how to report a fake profile.
Free Antivirus is enough protection: FALSE.
Free Antivirus programs offer some level of protection but not the best, and nowadays the threats have changed away from viruses to junk-ware programs that slow down your computer, through to Ransomware, which encrypts your files and deletes them unless you pay a fee. No Security software is 100% effective; it is equally important that you, the computer user, exercises caution when opening files and email attachments.
You can’t have too much security: FALSE.
You can only run one antivirus program on your PC. Any more than this can result in slowing down your computer or cause all sorts of errors. This includes disabling the built in very basic Windows Defender.
I don’t need to back up: FALSE.
I had another case this month of a hard drive failure and the client had not backed up their photographs. This resulted in the loss of some really important sentimental photographs of family members. Whilst hard drives can be sent away for forensic data collection after failure it can cost upwards of £400 to do so. So if you want to talk back up, anti-virus protection or solve any other computer glitches the get in touch here.
Happy ‘Putering :)