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|New AVG Survey Ranks Savviest North American Cities for Online Security|
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AVG commissioned the survey of 3,774 Americans and Canadians with access to the Internet to evaluate their online and mobile behaviors. Timed to coincide with the launch of AVG Internet Security 2013, the study looked at efforts to thwart identity theft, loss of personal data and fraudulent debit and credit card charges.
“As a follow-up to last year’s ranking of North American cities most likely to be ‘digitally duped,’ AVG’s savviest-cities survey sheds positive light on the extent to which consumers are educated about how to protect their online assets,” said JR Smith, CEO of AVG. “Still, our study shows vast room for improvement. It’s our hope that by identifying risks and best practices, consumers can reliably protect their own and their family’s devices for the long haul.”
According to the survey, 65 percent of US respondents have not shared
online or mobile passwords with anyone at all.
51 percent of Americans back up computer data with USB sticks, external hard drives or other storage solutions, while 54 percent of Canadians do the same. The findings also showed that despite prevalent use of mobile devices, 34 percent of U.S. and 45 percent of Canadian respondents would have to manually re-enter data should their smartphone or tablet be lost or stolen.
34 percent of consumers in the U.S. use only one credit or debit card to
conduct online purchases, while an encouraging 46 percent of consumers
Overall, rankings for the savviest North American cities for online security are:
In addition to installing a free, robust antivirus program on all your online devices, AVG recommends the following simple steps to minimize the risk of fraudulent charges, identity theft and personal data loss:
Download AVG Internet Security 2013 for free and learn more about how AVG can help protect personal data and documents by visiting www.avg.com.
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