‘Safety’ in cybersecurity terms means maintaining an environment that promotes the interest and personal safety of Internet users. Safety’s focus on people contrasts with that of  ‘security’ which is concerned with the protection of data, information systems, and computer networks including electronic devices and servers. 

Maintaining a safe online environment implies using technology such as firewalls or antivirus software that protect users from risks to their private information and financial transactions. Internet safety also extends to protection from inappropriate content or malicious software programs.

While security and safety are both important, it is considered that safety has far more weight because it concerns people and not machines.

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