Norton Symantec Ranks Cities for Cybercrime Risk

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Norton Symantec released a list of the cities with most risk of Cybercrime on March 22, 2010. Seattle, Washington tops the list of cities exposed to Cybercrime.

Cybercrime is a threat that affects one in five online shoppers. The cost of online fraud to Americans in 2009 was estimated at $560 million. Norton from Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) teamed up with independent research firm Sperling's BestPlaces to find and expose the nation's top 10 cities that experience the most Cybercrime.

People who use the internet for shopping and banking are at the most risk for online fraud. In addition to the types of activities that may risk fraud, where the internet is access plays a role. Cybercrime may be more prevalent in WiFi hotspot, Many of the cities at the highest risk for Cybercrime are considered the most tech savvy cities in t nation, showing that even experienced internet uses are at risk for cybercrime and online insecurity.

The top ten cities on the Norton Cybercrime list are Seattle, Boston, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Raleigh, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Denver, Austin and Portland.

The rankings were determined through a combination of Symantec Security Response's data on cyberattacks and potential malware infections, as well as third-party data about online behavior, such as accessing WiFi hotspots and online shopping.

"With more people than ever relying on the Internet to stay in touch, shop and pay their bills, feeling confident and secure in our information-driven world is vital," said Marian Merritt, Norton Internet Safety Advocate.  "This study highlights the cities most at risk for cybercrime and reminds individuals, families and businesses across the country of the hazards they face each time they go online.  We're here to educate consumers about how to protect themselves and ideally never fall victim to cybercrime."

Of the 50 U.S. cities examined, Detroit came in as the least risky online city.  Motor City's residents were less likely to participate in risky online behavior compared to other cities in the study, and it also ranked low in cybercrime, access to the Internet, expenditures on computer equipment, and wireless Internet access.  El Paso, Texas and Memphis, Tenn. came in second and third, respectively, on the list of least risky online cities.

"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."

1.Seattle , Washington
2.Boston , Massachusetts
3.Washington, D.C.
4.San Francisco, California
5.Raleigh, North Carolina
6.Atlanta, Georgia
7.Minneapolis, Minnesota
8.Denver, Colorado
9.Austin, Texas
10.Portland, Oregon
11.Honolulu, Hawaii
12.Charlotte, North Carolina
13.Las Vegas, Nevada
14.San Diego, California
15.Colorado Springs, Colorado
16.Sacramento, California
17.Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
18.Oakland, California
19.Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee
20.San Jose, California
21.Columbus, Ohio
22.Dallas, Texas
23.Kansas City, Missouri
24.New York, NY
25.Indianapolis, Indiana
26.Albuquerque, New Mexico
27.Miami, Florida
28.Omaha, Nebraska
29.Virginia Beach, Virginia
30.Los Angeles, California
31.Cincinnati, Ohio
32.Houston, Texas
33.St. Louis, Missouri
34.Phoenix, Arizona
35.Chicago, Illinois
36.Baltimore, Maryland
37.Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
38.Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
39.Jacksonville, Florida/la
40.Tulsa, Oklahoma
41.San Antonio, Texas
42.Milwaukee, Wisconsin
43.Cleveland, Ohio
44.Tucson, Arizona
45.Long Beach, California
46.Fort Worth, Texas
47.Fresno, California
48.Memphis, Tennessee
49.El Paso, Texas
50.Detroit, Michigan

Norton offers three safety tips for internet safety, which everyone can benefit from using. Norton recommends using legitimate security software for protection against online threads, always keeping the computer's operating system and software patched and up to date and staying educated against the threats of cybercrime.

Written by Christine Nyholm

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