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

Remote monitoring is something very usual. There are lots of malwares for this purpose and there are mainly used by hackers who aim to monitor individuals in order to blackmail them and finally earn a financial gain. That’s what government doesn’t do. In order for the government to install such malware in your computer, there must be a very serious reason, and it also needs a warrant from a judge.

Dark Web is the home of illegality

In fact, Dark Web is a branch of illegality. But does that means that whenever I refer to Dark Web I refer to something illegal? Is it illegal if I use Dark Web? Absolutely not. Most people have in mind that Dark Web is a place that has been created to cover illegal activity (drugs, weapons, etc.). Although some people take advantage of this feature, Dark Web is also used by ordinary people who just want to remain anonymous (journalists, activists, etc.). Thus, using Dark Web is not illegal since your activity in it is not illegal too.

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

Privacy is dead

Privacy is not dead! A very large percentage of your privacy depends on you and the trials you leave behind. If you share your personal moments publicly, reveal sensitive information, your privacy begins to disappear. At that point, you need to declare what privacy means for you. If privacy for you means that no one knows about your existence, then yes, your privacy is dead. In any other case, privacy is in your hands to a large extent.

My email client reads all my emails

That’s right. All email clients are able to read your emails. That’s not a secret, and they don’t lie to you. By saying that now you are thinking that there are some people hired by Google to read user’s emails. No! Things are a bit different. What actually happens is that email service providers use some algorithms to monitor the content of your email, the senders, or the recipients to ensure that the service is operating accordingly. But don’t worry. They never send your emails to the government. Actually, there are very strict privacy regulations that do not allow that to happen. If the government wishes to access your emails then it has to provide a very serious reason to do so.

A strong password can protect me from hackers

A strong password is one thing that protects you from hackers. You have also to bear in mind that you must use different passwords for different websites. That’s because if a website is compromised and your password is leaked hackers can use it and gain access to your other personal accounts.

Tip: Cannot memorize many passwords? You can use a

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