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Manchester Ranked No.1 Among Most Dangerous European Online Cities

Norton an Internet security company along with BestPlaces of Sperling a research group recently conducted a survey that shows Manchester (UK) as the most dangerous city with respect to its occurrences of malware attempts and Wi-Fi hotspots, published manchesterconfidential.co.uk dated February 21, 2012.

Additionally, the city has a large number of people who use computers, with access to the Internet, and also visits social-networking websites.

Moreover, during the survey, Norton measured the risk parameters as Internet-crime data obtained from bot-contaminated PCs; trials made in spreading of malware-infections; spamming of Internet Protocol addresses; and Web assaults; each in relation to any one city.

Intriguingly, the Internet-crime data levels in London City fluctuated around 25%, and albeit the city had a low level of Internet-crime data, its large utilization of the Internet, social-networking websites, and a high prevalence of computer usage increased the general risk parameters, thereby ranking it fifth among the top ten riskiest cities.

Astonishingly, Dublin was on No.6 alongside Paris, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Bercelona and Milan.

Elaborating on the situation of Dublin, experts on Internet safety stated that it showed the percentage of smartphone and computer usage as comparatively lower than those of the remaining surveyed cities, while the number of cyber-crime trials and Wi-Fi hotspots was average.

Paradoxically, the results don't necessarily portend evil about the situations in Dublin, Manchester as also the remaining listed cities, implying that those cities which had the maximum Internet-crime risk parameters didn't essentially have greater incidences of malware-infection, said the experts. This, added the experts maybe due to consumers who exercised caution towards safeguarding themselves from online-criminals.

Meanwhile, Internet Safety Advocate Marian Merritt of Norton stated that as laptops, tablets, and smart-phones exploded over the recent years along with more number of social networks and software programs, there was a continuous morphing of offline and online lives of the public in manners which didn't ever happen before. And though consequently, several favorable aspects emerged from the analysis, the point highlighted was the potentially danger prone parameters that were experienced whenever people connected to the Internet, she added. Irishtimes.com published this on February 21, 2012.

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