Online security is complex. From understanding how and where your data is stored online, the myriad of different privacy and security options that different sites provide, to the subtle, but often important differences between various messaging and online calling apps. Then what about device security? Antivirus and anti-malware applications vary greatly in quality. How good is good enough? And what about all the extras they try to sell you on top of their basic products? Do they really make a difference?
There is plenty of good advice online, but it is buried under a mountain of misinformation, ranging from bad advice presented with good intentions, to downright malicious attempts to mislead people into letting down their guard. Even companies selling good basic security products can veer into questionable territory trying to up-sell you to their premium options that often offer little additional benefit for considerable extra cost.
So how do you navigate all this. Clearly online security is a hugely complex field, and you can’t understand everything. But you can learn enough to be an informed customer, to tell the difference between a good product and a scam, and spot when an email is a phishing attempt and not a genuine notice from your bank.