As more of our lives move online each day, concerns and questions abound about our safety when online.
Are you vulnerable to online attack? Could you be a victim of fraud? Are people accessing your information? Is your communication private? Is your personal data secure?
With all these questions, there seem to be more warnings about the security and privacy of our information when online. But what does that mean? Is there a difference? And does it even matter?
Can you have one without the other? Security but not privacy? Can your information be secure but not private? Or vice versa?
Let’s take a look at some of the official definitions of privacy and security to see if they provide more clarity.
The Cambridge dictionary describes privacy as ‘the right that someone has to keep their personal life or personal information secret or known only to a small group of people’.
While dictionary.com defines privacy as ‘freedom from damaging publicity, public scrutiny, secret surveillance, or unauthorized disclosure of one’s personal data or information, as by a government, corporation, or individual’.
The definition of Security in the Cambridge dictionary is ‘the protection of information against being stolen or used wrongly or illegally’.
Dictionary.com describes security as ‘precautions taken to guard against crime, attack, sabotage, espionage, etc.’.
Looking at these definitions, it is easy to see why there is confusion, and some people often think of the two as the same thing. There is certainly some overlap in the definitions, particularly when it concerns our data.
However, the two are not the same thing and knowing how they differ may help you protect yourself and your information in today’s digitally connected world.
Rather than complicate the definition of security and privacy, we prefer to think about security and privacy in simpler terms:
Privacy relates to any rights you have to control your personal information and how it is used.
Whereas security refers to how your personal information is protected.
In today’s digital world, our personal information lives in a lot of different places online. This reality poses great risks to both our privacy AND security.
It’s important to have a way to communicate online both securely and privately to protect yourself and your information.
How does StayPrivate help?
We provide a secure, safe, and simple way for you to communicate your information with others when you are online.
Your data is yours and yours only! You have complete ownership and privacy of the information you communicate when using StayPrivate.
We don’t sell or exploit your information ever. Period.
There are no ads in your mailbox and no scanning of your communication for information to build a digital fingerprint of who you are.
We secure your information using state of the art military-grade technology, allowing you to have full control and total peace of mind when you communicate using StayPrivate.