Is there any difference between "online safety" and "online security" (or for that matter, between "internet safety" and "internet security")? Is the difference parallel to that between "food safety" and "food security"?

  • The word-pair food security isn't a well-established collocation, but to the extent that it does occur, it would normally refer to ensuring that food supply chains operate properly (i.e. - that there is food, and it can be delivered to the people who need to eat it). And food safety either refers to whether or not eating the food might make people ill (is it safe to eat?). Jun 16, 2021 at 16:19

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While cybersecurity protects devices and networks from harm by third parties, Online Safety protects the people using them from harm by the devices and networks (and therefor third parties) through awareness, education, information and technology. Ref What is online safety/

Is the difference parallel to that between "food safety" and "food security"?

The answer to this depends on your opinion on what does food security means. In its shortest form it means Have you got/are you able to get-food. In this case there is a difference between food security and the protection of your PC from viruses and ransom ware.

  • Food safety is protecting the consumer, where as food security is protecting the supply chain, so it is pretty similar to internet security.
    – JavaLatte
    Jun 16, 2021 at 9:20
  • @JavaLatte OL Security is used by the end user Food Security is used by the supplier. Therefore cannot be the same. The target market is different and the technique used is very different.
    – Brad
    Jun 16, 2021 at 9:57
  • our opinions differ on that one.
    – JavaLatte
    Jun 16, 2021 at 12:20

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