5 biggest tech myths in films

I think we can agree that tech films are great to watch. However, it’s safe to say that if you work in the tech industry you can tell Hollywood has a habit of making the tech scenes in films look unrealistic and seem awfully easy!

That’s why we’ve put together the 5 biggest myths we see in tech films so you can get a better understanding of what it’s really like…

1. Hacking in three minutes

As seen in nearly every film which contains hacking into the “mainframe”. The person hacking manages to do it in less than three minutes, with multiple issues being solved within seconds. But let’s be honest, this isn’t true! It can take hours to get into systems and it’s not easy. When working in tech, you may do ethical hacking where you hack into a computer network in order to test or evaluate its security, rather than with malicious or criminal intent. This is a legal activity you’re able to do with tech as it helps improve your company’s cyber security and to decrease your chances of being hacked with malice.

2. Running someone's DNA is immediate

In films, they manage to receive someone’s DNA and within minutes they’ve received all of the information they need about the person. Although, you can get DNA results quickly (in about 24 hours) if it’s been set as a priority. In most cases when it’s not a priority there are usually 70 others that need to be done beforehand. Which usually takes around 3-5 days to complete one.

3. Private/Incognito browsing mode keeps your activity online hidden

I’m sorry to break the news, but this doesn’t work the way you think it does. When on your browser, you may have a privacy option such as an Incognito Mode, Private Tab or Private Window. Although, these tools prevent others from seeing your browsing history when using the browser after you. It does not prevent your Internet provider, work or sites you visited from tracking you. So, be careful with the websites you visit when in Incognito Mode.

4. Antivirus software can protect your PC from all viruses

Antivirus software does protect your computer, but it can’t protect you from everything.

When new viruses have been activated, your antivirus software may not know about them. Or if you’ve downloaded something and you’ve allowed full access to your PC, your software may not be able to find it.

In the end, it’s down to you to make sure you’re being as safe as possible online, so make sure you take precautions with your computer’s security and always double-check what you’re downloading.

And remember antivirus software sometimes needs updating to be able to find these viruses, so if you see it needs an update, make sure to do it immediately, to protect yourself further.

5. Emptying the Recycle Bin removes your files permanently

In films, they empty the recycling bin and just like that your files are permanently deleted and no one can ever find them again. This is another false action portrayed, and definitely a good thing – it’s great to be able to get those files back!

When you empty your recycling bin, your files are marked by your computer as deleted to free up some space. But, the data is still stored within your computer waiting to be overwritten by new data. This means the files you deleted from your recycling bin can potentially be recovered with a file recovery tool. As long as the files haven’t already been overwritten that is.