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Security versus privacy: What’s the difference?

Having both privacy and security is a wonderful notion when it comes to those two things. Each could affect how safe you are online. But how do they differ?

Security and privacy are intertwined. Regarding your rights to manage your personal information and its uses, see privacy. When you download new smartphone apps, you are prompted to read and accept privacy rules.

The protection of your personal information is referred to as security, on the other hand. Your data, or various pieces of information about you, could reside anywhere. That can put your security and privacy at risk.

Some individuals equate privacy with security in a similar manner. That’s because in a linked world, the two can occasionally overlap. However, they are not the same, and being aware of their differences could help you safeguard yourself in a world that is becoming more connected.


What distinguishes security from privacy?

Here is one instance. When you open a checking account, your bank may ask for personal information. What follows is the question. Here are three potential outcomes, each including your personal data (not to the money you may have deposited in the checking account).

Your privacy and security are both protected. Your information is used by the bank to open your account and offer you with products and services. They then take steps to protect that data.

Your privacy is not jeopardized, and your security is not jeopardized. A marketer receives part of your information from the bank. Please keep in mind that you may have agreed to this in the bank’s privacy disclosure. The end result? Your personal information is in the hands of more people than you may have wished.

Your privacy and security are both jeopardized. A data breach occurs at the bank. Cybercriminals compromise a bank system, culminating in a security breach. Your personal information has been compromised and may be sold on the dark web. Your privacy has been violated. You could become a victim of identity theft and cyber fraud.

It would be fantastic if your risks started and ended at that hypothetical bank. However, your personal information is almost certainly spread throughout the linked world – in government offices, healthcare providers, retailers and restaurants, and many of your online accounts. You might argue it’s everywhere — not literally, but in enough places that it’s out of your hands.

If a cybercriminal gains access to that information, it may be game over. Both your privacy and security may be violated.


What is the distinction between internet privacy and security?

Cybersecurity products can assist safeguard your privacy and security, sometimes simultaneously.

Consider a VPN, which stands for virtual private network. It is a security tool that functions as a tunnel for your information and online activities, encrypting all data sent and received on your device. It’s similar to sitting with your back to a wall when you don’t want anyone else to see what you’re doing on your computer or phone in a café or airport.

Here are two ways a VPN can help you win:

  • Privacy: It aids in preventing websites, web browsers, telecom companies, and internet providers from monitoring your data and browsing history.

  • Security: It protects you from unauthorized access to your personal information and other data.


Guidelines for ensuring your privacy and security

It is prudent to conduct business with firms and organizations who respect your privacy and take precautions to safeguard your personal information. However, there are steps you can take to safeguard your privacy and increase your security.

Here are a couple such examples:

  • Limit your internet and social media sharing in general.

  • Before throwing away crucial documents, shred them.

  • Keep your Social Security number safe. Keep it safe and don’t give it out if at all feasible. Inquire whether you can give another type of identification.

  • Protect your data and gadgets. This could entail using security software, a secure router, a VPN on public Wi-Fi, and identity theft protection services.

  • Consider how the information you’re providing could be used. Learn how your personal information, once shared online, is no longer within your control. Before joining up for an app or service, review the organization’s privacy policies.

Remember, it’s not always a matter of privacy against security. Both are critical in our interconnected world. Both are possible and recommended.