The second city on the list, Seattle, which was the riskiest online city in 2010, scored at the top in the majority of the categories surveyed, including email usage and social networking activity.
Norton teamed up with independent research firm Sperling's BestPlaces to uncover the nation's top 10 cities that have the highest number of cyber crime risk factors. This year marks the second time Norton and Sperling's BestPlaces have collaborated to highlight the various factors that contribute to potential risk. Cities with the greatest risk factors do not necessarily correlate with the highest infection rates, reflecting the fact that many consumers are taking precautions to keep themselves safe.
"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 cyber crime 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 BestPlaces determined the per-capita rankings by examining several consumer behaviors -— from the prevalence of PCs and smartphones, to ecommerce, social networking and accessing potentially unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots, among others.
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