According to MSNBC: San Antonio, Tampa, Fla., Atlanta, Dallas, Oklahoma, Charlotte, N.C., Detroit, Denver, Washington, D.C., and Sacramento, Calif., are the most vulnerable to online threats and the most likely to be digitally duped. In an AVG survey of 8000 American consumers, 23% did not back up their pc, 38% shared passwords online with at least one person, 41% never ran a manual antivirus scan and 67% did not use an identity monitoring service.
In a recent AVG press release, JR Smith, CEO of AVG Technologies stated:
Recent news demonstrates that consumers need to be more vigilant than ever about safeguarding the personal information sitting on their PCs and mobile devices...Consumers are getting smarter about online threats but still fail to connect the dots when it comes to understanding that today’s climate requires users protect any device that is internet enabled.
If you do not live in one of the top 10 cities listed above, you should still take online precautions to protect your PC or mobile device. Using a home network Wi-Fi connection with the default password or using public Wi-Fi over an unencrypted Internet connection can lead to unsavory consequences.
Owing to their poor security practices, such as sharing passwords and failing to back up their PCs, Internet users in the top 10 cities run the highest risk of falling victim to identity theft, fraudulent credit card charges, email breaches and lost or stolen personal data. -MSNBC
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