Why are we here?
… to be honest, it’s because we couldn’t find another site that actually helps people rather than just telling them what to do
It’s a simple as that.
This site isn’t run by tech nerds steeped in academic qualifications suitable for NASA, neither is it run by journalists keen to create sensational content to get a good story.
Instead, we focus on what 20 years of experience of using and living with the internet has taught us. We are everyday internet users just like you, but maybe we’ve just dug into exactly what is going on behind the scenes that little bit more for us to want to make our own personal online data privacy and personal online data security a reasonable amount safer.
I’m sure that the aforementioned tech gurus and corporate Chief Information Security Ofiicers (CISOs) could come up with more technical ways of making each of us more “impervious” (not that there is any such thing) to attack, but that would likely tip the balance from the internet being a powerful tool that can be harnessed and enjoyed by the average user into a technical exercise and battle that needs to be fought every day.
Our philosophy is one of “liveable personal online security” – with the emphasis on the “liveable”.
Are there things about the internet and being online that are scary and real-world dangerous? For sure there are.
The question is, does the average user spend their time doing things that puts them at risk of accidentally falling into those traps?
The average user? Probably not.
But we also recognise that our overall “connectedness” is changing and evolving – we are “always-on” in a way that we weren’t even 5 years ago, so even if individual behaviour hasn’t changed, the sheer time we spend “connected” might have increased considerably quietly in the background.
We now, generally, appear happy to share the kind of personal data with companies and corporations that we wouldn’t even have considered sharing just 5 years ago.
That’s all fine – each one of us can make that personal choice. But with that choice needs to come an understanding of just what that company might be doing with our data.
Important too, is an understanding of what happens when those companies lose your data to a hack or some other data breach. If you’ve got a reasonable knowledge of how to set your own personal online data space up sensibly beforehand, you can worry much less when that kind of breach happens.
And even if that average user does somehow do something themselves that unknowingly puts them at higher risk than they usually are, we see our job as helping them to understand beforehand what the various real-world risks are, and then to take the proportionate personal online security measures they are prepared to take to protect themselves in what they “usually” do, while also potentially protecting themselves from the odd slip-up that we can all make from time-to-time.
Take the easy steps first
Everyone uses the internet differently. Sure, we all use it for a lot of the same things, but even the way we use it for shopping or personal banking will be very different depending on our experience of being online and how aware we are of the inherent risks of passing any data across what is, by default, an open platform.
Wherever you are on that scale of comfort or experience, there is always “a next step” to make your online life that little bit safer, more resilient to the kinds of risks we are all exposed to every day online.
We hope to show you what “a next step’ might look like, and what benefit it might bring – it’s then up to you whether and how you decide to use that information.
Those are our aims, and we are so very grateful that you have stopped by to take a look.