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article imageMinneapolis: The top 10 riskiest cities online for cybercrime Special

By Anthony Carranza     Feb 16, 2012 in Technology
Minneapolis - Cybercrimes can be defined as offences that are committed against individuals or groups of individuals with a criminal motive to intentionally harm the reputation of the victim or cause physical or mental harm.
Minn. (MN)—Norton, the company that specializes in developing security solutions for different technologies, collaborated with research firm Sperling’s BestPlaces to reveal the nation’s top cities with the highest number of risk factors for cybercrime.
Minneapolis came ranked in number eight position among the riskiest cities susceptible to cybercrime with highly yet potentially risky factors. Minneapolis since 2007 has citywide internet coverage along with accessibility to hundreds of locations offering Wi-Fi hotspots, which can be part of the reasons cybercrime can be prevalent in this high-penetration place.
For the second time both institutions came together to provide what factors contribute to potential risks of cybercrime. The research compiled was sampled from looking at consumer lifestyle habits combined with cybercrime data from Symantec, the parent company of Norton products.
"In our examination of the riskiest online cities, we've considered a number of factors that can potentially affect online safety," said Bert Sperling, founder of Sperling's BestPlaces and lead researcher for the analysis. "By looking at data from consumer lifestyle habits as well as cybercrime data provided by Symantec, maker of Norton products, we're able to provide a holistic view of the various factors that put a person at potential risk."
Sperling’s has over sixteen years experience analyzing data about people and places. Within these research findings, the information was determined by the firm based on the per-capita rankings by analyzing consumer behaviors (Personal computers, smartphones, ecommerce, social networking, Wi-Fi hotspots and others).
"With the explosion of smartphones, tablets and laptops in recent years, and the rise of apps and social networking sites, our online and offline lives are blending together in ways that we've never before experienced," said Marian Merritt, Norton Internet Safety Advocate. "While there are many positive aspects as a result, this analysis highlights the potentially risky factors we face each time we go online. By taking a few simple precautions now, people can make sure they stay protected against online threats."
The findings are not a cause for alarm, but to put into practice some helpful tips to prevent and protect your data from being compromised. In addition, use complex passwords that you can remember and try to use secure internet networks. One is always tempted to check social media accounts or the balance of a bank account through a network that offers no security.
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