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Seattle - The Most Riskiest City for Cyber Crime

As per the report released by antivirus software firm Symantec and research firm Sperling's BestPlaces, the home of Microsoft Seattle is the most dangerous city for cybercrime. The ranking was given on the basis of a combination of potential malware infection, Symantec Security Response's data on cyber attacks and third-party data about online behavior like online shopping and access to third-party data about online behavior.

Seattle got the place near the top in different categories like potential infections and cyber attacks. Boston got the second place, while Washington came third as both the cities experienced very high level of cyber crime.

San Francisco came at the number four position on the list. It tops in the category of highest number of WiFi hotspots per capita and riskiest online behavior. The fifth and sixth positions were occupied by Raleigh and Atlanta respectively Atlanta was also counted among the top 50 cities for the most spam zombies and the second most in terms of cyber attacks and malcode infections. People in Atlanta are heavy users of Amazon (44.2% higher than average) and 46.6% prefer to use Internet away from home than average.

Other names on the top ten list are Austin, Minneapolis, Denver and Portland.

Out of the 50 US cities studied, Detroit was classified as the least risky city in terms of online activities. Motor City's locals were less involve in risky online behavior as compared to other cities in the study. The city was ranked low in terms of access to Internet, cybercrime, wireless Internet access and expenditures on computer equipment.

El Paso (Texas) came second and Memphis (Tennessee) came third on the list of least risky online cities.

Marian Merritt, Norton Internet Safety Advocate, states that with more and more people rely on Internet to stay connected, pay bills and shop, it is important for user to feel confident and secure, as reported by American City & County on May 17, 2010.

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