The online world is a very mysterious place to a large number of people. They can navigate to their Gmail and Facebook accounts easily enough, but once you try explaining more complex things to them…well, I’ve noticed this way that their eyes drift away to somewhere less geeky.
This sort of willful ignorance has lead to a large number of internet security myths popping up, and I’m here to wreck a few of them.
Source: The Ten Worst Internet Security Myths
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“How fast will new Word 6.0 fix typos? How fast can you make them?” asked an advertisement in a computer magazine from October 1993. The newest version of Microsoft’s word processor came with a brand-new feature called AutoCorrect. Type in “SHip teh cartons friday,” and the program would correct your text to “Ship the cartons Friday.”
The original AutoCorrect didn’t use a dictionary. Instead, it checked each typed-out word against a preprogrammed table of everyday mistakes and their proper substitutions: “teh” for “the,” “friday” for “Friday,” and so on. The makers of WordPerfect, Microsoft’s major rival at the time, soon introduced its own version, called QuickCorrect.
In the years that followed, real-time spell-checkers grew more sophisticated.
Source: Who Made That Autocorrect? – NYTimes.com
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