Cybercrime is not confined by city, state or national borders. Anyone with a computer and an internet connection is susceptible to online fraud. However, where you choose to surf the Web can put you at great risk for a cyberattack. A recent study by internet security company Symantec lists the US cities at the greatest risk for cybercrime. If you’re a resident of one of these vulnerable locales, you might want to watch where you click.
Symantec partnered with independent research firm Sperling’s BestPlaces to complete the study. Using their own internal research and third-party data, such as risky online behavior, number of Wi-Fi hotspots and rate of cybercrime per capita, the two companies compiled the “Norton Top 10 Riskiest Online Cities.”
Seattle received the dubious distinction of being the city most vulnerable to cybercrime. Seattleites led the way in several categories used in the study, including frequency of internet usage and the percentage of residents who check their bank accounts and pay bills online. Detroit was named the least risky US city due to factors such as low rates of cybercrime and wireless internet access.
The Norton Top 10 Riskiest Online Cities:
3. Washington, D.C.
4. San Francisco
5. Raleigh, NC
9. Austin, TX
10. Portland, OR
While their findings have been widely publicized, the authors of the study reiterated the fact that anyone using the Internet is susceptible to cybercrime. “Despite people’s familiarity with technology and the Internet, this study shows that everyone is exposed to a certain level of risk when they are online,” said Bert Sperling, founder and researcher of Sperling’s Best Places. “No matter where you live – be it Seattle or Detroit – it’s important to be vigilant in everyday online behavior in order to protect yourself against cybercrime of all types.”
To read more about the study, click here (http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=20100322_01)