Norton Antivirus Wants Us to Fret About Viruses Today, Places San Francisco #4 on Risky City List

I don’t know, this one speaks for itself.

Be sure to add Norton Antivirus / Symantec‘s list o’ cities to your Meaningless List collection. 

Excerpts:

“High-tech hubs San Francisco and Raleigh are ranked fourth and fifth.  San Francisco tops the list for riskiest online behavior and highest number of WiFi hotspots per capita.  Many of these cities are considered some of the most tech-savvy cities in the nation, proving that even skilled and experienced Internet users are at risk when it comes to cybercrime and online insecurity.”

Maybe San Francisco wouldn’t need so many WiFi hotspots if we had like, you know, municipal WiFi ‘n stuff? (Weren’t we promised that about a half-deacde ago? Think so. Oh well.)

And who’s the winner? Detroit, of course. There it sits atop its empire of dirt, crowned:

“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.”

 

Anyway, check it out yourself. (Personally, I pity the MSM writer forced to make an article out of this uselessness.)

Presenting The Most Useless Press Release of 2010 (so far):

“Today the findings from Norton’s Top 10 Riskiest Online Cities Report were released, exposing the nation’s cities most vulnerable to cybercrime. To develop these rankings, Norton worked with Sperling’s BestPlaces to analyze factors for each city using 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 Wi-Fi hotspots and online shopping.
 
“The following are ranked Norton’s Top 10 Riskiest Online Cities:
1.) Seattle
2.) Boston
3.) Washington, D.C.
4.) San Francisco
5.) Raleigh, N.C.
6.) Atlanta
7.) Minneapolis
8.) Denver
9.) Austin, Texas
10.) Portland, Ore.

It goes on - more, lots more, after the jump


 
The Norton Top 10 Riskiest Online Cities Report Reveals Who’s Most Vulnerable to Cybercrime . Seattle Tops the List with its Residents at Greatest Risk  
 
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – March 22, 2010 — Cybercrime, a threat that affects one in five online shoppers and cost Americans $560 million in 2009 due to online fraud, may hit closer to home than many realize. Norton from Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) teamed up with independent research firm Sperling’s Best Places to find and expose the nation’s top 10 cities most vulnerable to cybercrime. 
 
The following are ranked the Norton Top 10 Riskiest Online Cities:
1.) Seattle
2.) Boston
3.) Washington, D.C.
4.) San Francisco
5.) Raleigh, N.C.
6.) Atlanta
7.) Minneapolis
8.) Denver
9.) Austin, Texas
10.) Portland, Ore.

 
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.
 
·         At the top of the rankings, Seattle claims the dubious distinction of America’s leading riskiest cybercrime city, placing near the top in categories such as cyberattacks and potential infections; online behavior that can expose people more to cybercrime, such as online shopping and banking online; and wireless Internet access. 
 
·         Boston and Washington, D.C. follow in second and third place.  Both cities experience a very high level of cybercrime, perhaps due in part to their large number of WiFi hotpots.
 
·         High-tech hubs San Francisco and Raleigh are ranked fourth and fifth.  San Francisco tops the list for riskiest online behavior and highest number of WiFi hotspots per capita.  Many of these cities are considered some of the most tech-savvy cities in the nation, proving that even skilled and experienced Internet users are at risk when it comes to cybercrime and online insecurity.
 
·         Rounding out the top 10 are Atlanta, Minneapolis, Denver, Austin and Portland.  According to the Norton research, Atlanta residents experience the most cyberattacks and potential infections.  Minneapolis and Portland are near the top for risky online behavior, while Denver and Austin score high across the board.
 
“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 of 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.”
 
Top 3 Safety Tips from Norton
No matter where your city ranks on the list, people everywhere can benefit from online safety tips to help prevent becoming a victim of a cybercrime:
 
Use legitimate security software that offers comprehensive protection against known and unknown online threats – There are a lot of security solutions to choose from, but comprehensive security solutions like Norton Internet Security and Norton 360 will help ensure you’re fully protected against malware, spyware, hackers, zero-day threats, and identity theft.  Parents should also protect their kids too from online threats and inappropriate content by using OnlineFamily.Norton, a free family safety solution.
Always keep your computer’s operating system and the software you run on it patched – Don’t ignore prompts to update your OS or applications with critical security fixes.  Cybercriminals can get in through “holes” in unpatched computers.
Stay educated – Visit the Norton site www.everyclickmatters.com and download the Norton Family Online Safety Guide to learn more about the realities of cybercrime and how to stay protected.
 
For more information, please visit www.NortonRiskiestOnlineCities.com.
 
Methodology
To develop these rankings, researchers at Sperling’s BestPlaces analyzed data for each city including the number of cyberattacks and potential infections (data provided by Symantec Security Response), level of Internet access, expenditures on computer hardware and software, wireless hotspots, broadband connectivity, Internet usage and online purchases.
 
The Norton from Symantec Top 10 Riskiest Online Cities study analyzed 50 of the largest cities in the United States, by population defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.
 
Full survey content and additional details regarding methodology, criteria and sources are available upon request.
 
1 Consumer Reports: http://pressroom.consumerreports.org/pressroom/2009/05/consumer-reports-survey-one-in-five-online-consumers-have-been-victims-of-cybercrime.html
2 Internet Crime Complaint Center http://www.ic3.gov/media/2010/100312.aspx
 
 
Complete Rankings – Cybercrime Cities
 
1.       Seattle
2.       Boston
3.       Washington, D.C.
4.       San Francisco
5.       Raleigh, N.C.
6.       Atlanta
7.       Minneapolis
8.       Denver
9.       Austin, Texas
10.   Portland, Ore.
11.   Honolulu
12.   Charlotte, N.C.
13.   Las Vegas
14.   San Diego
15.   Colorado Springs, Colo.
16.   Sacramento, Calif.
17.   Pittsburgh
18.   Oakland, Calif.
19.   Nashville-Davidson, Tenn.
20.   San Jose, Calif.
21.   Columbus, Ohio
22.   Dallas
23.   Kansas City, Mo.
24.   New York
25.   Indianapolis
26.   Albuquerque, N.M.
27.   Miami
28.   Omaha, Neb.
29.   Virginia Beach, Va.
30.   Los Angeles
31.   Cincinnati, Ohio
32.   Houston
33.   St. Louis, Mo.
34.   Phoenix,
35.   Chicago
36.   Baltimore
37.   Oklahoma City
38.   Philadelphia
39.   Jacksonville, FL\la.
40.   Tulsa, Okla.
41.   San Antonio
42.   Milwaukee
43.   Cleveland
44.   Tucson, Ariz.
45.   Long Beach, Calif.
46.   Fort Worth, Texas
47.   Fresno, Calif.
48.   Memphis, Tenn.
49.   El Paso, Texas
50.   Detroit
 
About Norton From Symantec
Symantec’s Norton products protect consumers from cybercrime with technologies like antivirus, anti-spyware and phishing protection – while also being light on system resources.  The company also provides services such as online backup and PC tuneup, and is a trusted source for family online safety.  Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/norton and follow @NortonOnline on Twitter.
 
About Symantec
Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world.  Our software and services protect against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently, enabling confidence wherever information is used or stored. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
 
About Sperling’s BestPlaces
Bert Sperling has been helping people find their own “Best Place” to live, work and retire for more than 20 years. His firm, Sperling’s BestPlaces, puts facts in the hands of the public so they can make better decisions about best places to live, work, retire, play, or relocate. His bestselling books, Cities Ranked and Rated and Best Places to Raise Your Family, are published by John Wiley & Sons.  More information about Bert and his work is available at www.bestplaces.net.
 

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One Response to “Norton Antivirus Wants Us to Fret About Viruses Today, Places San Francisco #4 on Risky City List”

  1. rynot says:

    safety is job 1, go detroit!