According to a study by Norton, who partnered with independent research firm Sperling’s BestPlaces to sort out the locations which are the 10 cities in Latin America that are the most dangerous in the area of cybercrime. Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara, are classified as entities with lowest level in relation to potential risk factors, being classified sites eight, nine and ten, respectively.
Sperling’s BestPlaces determines the classification of the rankings through an analysis based on consumer behavior, taking into account from the costs invested in desktop computers and smartphones, to the potentially risky activities such as accessing WiFi from somewhere unsafe, the use social networking, online shopping or conducting banking operations.
The cities with the highest risk factors does not necessarily correlate with higher rates of infection from viruses or malware , reflecting the fact that many consumers are taking precautions to keep your data safe.
In the case of Mexico, the study is due to the low number of use of smart phones, broadband speed, internet access, number of computers in use WiFi access points and use of social networks.
“In our analysis of the most dangerous cities in line, we considered a number of factors potentially affecting online safety,” said Bert Sperling, founder and researcher of Sperling’s BestPlaces.
“By observing the habits of consumers, and the data obtained by Norton on cybercrime, we are able to provide a holistic view of the various factors that put a person in a situation of risk,” he said.
Despite having received the second lowest in the region in terms of cybercrime, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is located in the middle of the ranking because the scores on factors related to potentially risky behavior of consumers, the use social networking, Internet and WiFi access.
“In recent years, with growth in the adoption of smartphones, tablets and laptops, as well as the emergence of social networks and applications, life online and offline is mixing in a way never before experienced, ” said Marian Merritt, Internet Security attorney Norton.
Europe is no exception
We continue to Stockholm, Paris, London, Dublin, Milan, Rome, Barcelona and Berlin.
Given the data provided, Norton gives three tips for users of the network: first use with caution WiFi access points, and second, use strong passwords and unique and, finally, always stay informed.