Greater Bethesda Cyber Threats? You Bet…

Are you putting yourself at risk when you shop online? ¬† Clearly, any time you use a credit card, there is a certain amount of risk involved. But location plays a significant role in the severity of cyber threats. Funded by Norton from Symantec, we now know which cities are most and least prone to cyber — and Bethesda is up there (I’d feel safe putting it in the Washington DC cluster).

So, how Bethesda rank on the Norton Top 10 Riskiest Online Cities?

Bethesda Lane in Downtown Bethesda
Bethesda Lane in Downtown Bethesda

  1. Seattle, Washington
  2. Boston, Massachusetts
  3. Washington, D.C. (Bethesda Included)
  4. San Francisco, California
  5. Raleigh, North Carolina
  6. Atlanta, Georgia
  7. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  8. Denver, Colorado
  9. Austin, Texas
  10. Portland Oregon

Some Key Metrics Using Data From Norton & Some Other Prominent Third Party Data Collectors

  • Number of cyberattacks
  • Potential infections
  • Level of Internet access
  • Expenditures on computer software and hardware
  • Wireless hotspots
  • Internet usage
  • Broadband connectivity
  • Online purchases

What About Smartphones

One area I wish had covered more thoroughly is the increased use/speed of smart phones. A prominent Broker at Denver’s Brokers Guild Realty, and I were speaking about security the “open source era” and both agreed that smartphone security education/software enhancement will be crucial in coming months.

Protection Tips For Greater Bethesda

  • Use a legitimate security software program that protects against spywre, malware, zero-day threats, hackers and identify theft – Norton is fine, I personally use, “Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010”. I also like “AVG Internet Security”
  • Keep your computer’s operating system updated.
  • I’d stay away from Internet Explorer: Microsoft’s browser has a history of being the most hacked. Of course it’s the most used too — but, in my humble opinion, “Mozilla Firefox”, “Google Chrome”, and “Opera” are all stronger choices.
  • Diversify your passwords. I know it’s no fun, but you have to mix them up.

Feel free to use the ask me about suggestions on how to keep all your passwords safe and organized! OR any other tips and tricks…

Any other thoughts?


Special Thanks to Brian Kinkade, ¬†from Brokers Guild in Denver for his contributions…