I’m on a mission to help people protect themselves and their families online, and I love discovering others with the same mission. Simple Cyber Life is a membership site with high-quality, practical Internet safety tutorials. I’d like to tell you more about it, so that you can decide if a Simple Cyber Life membership is right for you.
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Simple Cyber Life (SimpleCyberLife.com) is a membership site with Internet safety video tutorials and other resources. The site owner describes it as “the world’s first membership site helping parents protect their families online.”
It’s for parents who want to protect their family online, and is useful for adults protecting themselves, too. It explains the risks your family faces, and tells you specifically how to protect against them.
It covers a range of topics, including cyberbullying, identity theft, sextortion, sexual predators, account hacking, fraud, and explicit content.
What does it mean that it’s a membership site? It means you pay a membership fee to have access to members-only content.
The site owner, Jonny Pelter, is a cybersecurity expert who’s also the director of The Cyber Unit, a firm that provides information security and privacy consulting services to financial and insurance organizations. Pelter is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E).
Pelter aims to make Internet safety advice simple, educational, and practical. He doesn’t like scaremongering or overkill advice.
If I were to build a membership site, it would be very similar to this!
This video gives a good overview of what Simple Cyber Life has to offer:
All the features listed below are included in the VIP plan. All of them except Cyber Bootcamp and Personal Coaching are included in the Premium plan, and Site Support is limited to email (no phone). Only the first two are included in the Free plan. I’ll tell you about pricing later.
- Protection Plans: video and text instructions on how to protect your family online
- Protection Selection Tool: a 14-question questionnaire that helps you determine what Protection Plan steps your family should take
- Step-by-Step Instructions: detailed instructions for securing major devices (Mac, Windows, Android, iOS)
- How-To Media Library: how-to videos, audio, and instruction manuals that show how to increase your security
- Product Recommendations: impartial software and hardware recommendations
- Deep-Dive Videos: in-depth video tutorials on topics such as cyberbullying, fraud prevention, and sextortion
- Cyber Bootcamp: 4-week fast-track program to get secure, with direct support from Pelter
- Community Forum: discussion forum to ask and answer questions and have conversations
- Monthly Q&A Calls: monthly webinar to ask Pelter questions
- SOS Centre: get help with problems you may experience, such as malware or cyberbullying; the SOS Diagnostic Tool asks questions about your problem, then provides relevant advice
- Personal Coaching: A 45-minute video or audio call with Pelter about anything, usually about how to protect a family
- Threat Alerts: email alerts about data breaches that might affect you
Some content (such as Protection Plan content) can be marked as complete, so that you can track your progress. Some content can be saved (bookmarked), so you can easily find it in the future.
Some content can be downloaded to your device, if you want to access it offline. You can get MP4 video files, MP3 audio files, and PDF documents.
Pros and Cons
The website is well-designed. It’s aesthetically pleasing, with a clean design and nice icons, colors, and white space. It’s easy to navigate. Also, it’s mobile-friendly, so you can use it from a phone, tablet, or computer.
The videos are professional, with good video and audio quality, and helpful captions. Many of the videos have links below them that jump straight to points in the video, making it easy to navigate within the video.
The Protection Plans tell the time needed to complete the steps, as well as any costs required.
The how-to instructions give step-by-step details.
Even though the site is already user-friendly, if you do need help using it, it’s very easy to get that help in the following ways:
- Watch the helpful New Member Tour video that walks through how to use the site
- Read the Frequently Asked Questions
- Post a question in the Community Forum
- Send a question through the Support form
The videos include transition sound effects, and one of them is quite annoying; it sounds like loud static on old-fashioned TVs and radios. It’s not very noticeable if you watch one or two videos, but you’ll likely tire of it after watching several. Edit: after I published this review, Pelter informed me that this sound will be removed in future videos.
Simple Cyber Life Price
Because it’s a paid membership site, your level of access is determined by the price you pay:
- VIP plan: all site features for $17.99/month, or $216.99/year
- Premium plan: all site features except Cyber Bootcamp and Personal Coaching, and Site Support limited to email (no phone), for $4.99/month, or $55.99/year
- Free plan: only Protection Plans and Protection Selection Tool
You can get a 20% discount if you sign up through my link and enter code 4BMFACHA.
If you’re not sure if Simple Cyber Life is right for you, you’ll be happy to know that you can cancel any time; there’s no long-term commitment. Also, there’s a 30-day money-back guarantee. So, if you use it for up to 30 days and decide it’s not for you, you won’t be out any money.
Who It’s Best For
Based on the site’s content, Simple Cyber Life is best for:
- Parents protecting kids online
- Adults protecting themselves online
- Adults protecting other adults, or helping other adults protect themselves
- People who want to ask specific questions about Internet safety, and know they’ll get a response
- People who want a one-stop shop for Internet safety advice, rather than hunting for it from several sources
- People who like clear directions on what to do; content from other sources may talk about Internet dangers, or protection methods, but leave you to figure out how to take action
- People who are interested in protecting themselves and/or their kids online; others won’t be motivated to act on the content
If you’re an Information Security professional, you probably won’t learn much from the site. But, your family and friends will!
If you wouldn’t dream of paying for content online, then know that you can find similar content spread across the Web, but you’ll need to do the work of finding it and creating an action plan from it.
What You Should Do
- Think about what help you need with increasing your family’s Internet safety and security. What are you struggling with? What questions do you have?
- Review the features of Simple Cyber Life, described above. Watch the explainer video. Decide if Simple Cyber Life is right for you.
- If Simple Cyber Life looks good to you, get a 20% discount by signing up through my link and entering code 4BMFACHA.
- Once you’re a member, start learning and putting what you learn into practice!