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'Cyber Safety' & 'Cyber Security' are NOT the Same Things. Know the Difference.

Cyber safety is related to the protection of the people and cyber security is more related to the protection of the systems and infrastructures. Both are important aspects to consider when working with technology, since both the people and the systems they use can be at risk in today's digital landscape. They are closely related concepts, but not the same. Let's understand the difference in detail. 

Cyber Safety refers to the actions that individuals and organizations take to protect themselves from online risks and hazards, such as identity theft, online harassment, and exposure to inappropriate content. The goal of cyber safety is to ensure that people can use technology safely and responsibly, without fear of harm. There are 8 online threats and risks, for which every Internet user needs the knowledge & practice of cyber safety skills to stay safe online:

  1. Physical threats from criminals which arise when you reveal your physical whereabouts online.
  2. Threats of mental harassment from cyber bullies, online stalkers etc.
  3. Threats of financial frauds involving social engineering attacks.
  4. Threats of brainwashing and online grooming by criminals to lure into drugs, porn, self-harm or any criminal act.
  5. Risk of mental & physical health problems due to overuse or misuse of social media.
  6. Risk of mental & physical health problems.
  7. Risk of becoming a cyber criminal unknowingly.
  8. Risk of bad or no online reputation.

We have explained the above safety threats & risks in detail, in this blog article.

On the other hand, Cyber Security refers to the protection of computer systems, networks, and data from unauthorized access, use, modification, or destruction. The goal of cyber security is to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information and systems. Examples of cyber security measures include firewalls, anti-virus, intrusion detection systems, and encryption. To stay SECURE from hackers, viruses and malware, you need technical knowledge of various security software.


Cyber safety is about your online behaviour and digital habits. Cyber security is about using the security related technologies.

While it is relatively easy to put all the security software in place and be SECURE on the Internet, there is no shortcut to being SAFE online! To stay safe from a wide range of online threats as listed above, a child needs DCIM skills. The ONLY solution for overall online safety is to install Internet Maturity into your child’s brain. Having DCIM skills is like having the LICENSE to use Internet. With that license she can drive safely on the digital highways, towards success.


Want to learn a quick 'Mantra for Online Safety'? Explore the iMature mantra for online safety and share with your family and friends:

F.A.S.T  C.A.R  &  Secret Location

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