5 Cybersecurity Myths You Should Stop Believing

One of the advantages of the internet is the easy and free access to any kind of information. However, this does not necessarily mean that all the information is valid. Different people interpret different things in different ways to meet different goals.

One of the most popular areas where this situation prevails in the area of cybersecurity. Hundreds of myths have been invented about the user’s safety and privacy while using the internet, a fact which arises from the lack of knowledge as well as from the misinformation.

In this article, I will present 5 of the most popular myths related to cybersecurity and through simple arguments, I will prove that we can debunk them.

Government monitors your activity through your web camera

Dark Web is the home of illegality

Fact: Facebook maintains a .onion domain that can be accessed through Dark Web by using Tor.

Privacy is dead

My email client reads all my emails

A strong password can protect me from hackers

Tip: Cannot memorize many passwords? You can use a password manager application.

Protecting from hackers doesn’t always mean protecting your account. When answering security questions (“What’s mother’s name?”) truthfully, you give someone the opportunity to know important information about you and therefore be able to reach you more easily (for any purpose).


Department of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton