D.C. ranks poorly in cybersecurity survey
With the FBI, CIA, and Department of Homeland Security all located in the D.C. area, you'd think that we'd have some of the best cybersecurity practices in the country. However, according to a new report, the District is the 9th-worst city in the country when it comes to cybersecurity.
AVG, an Internet security company, surveyed people in 35 U.S. cities and found that 23 percent of respondents don't back up data; 38 percent share their passwords; 67 percent don't use an identity monitoring service; and among mobile-phone users, 40 percent don't use a password.
Bad though these results may seem, bear in mind that 1) this was a survey of ordinary people, not the feds, and 2) AVG has reason to scare you, as it's selling antivirus software for the low, low price of $54.99.
The one silver lining to the poll: 72 percent reported not being fooled by an email phishing scam this year, proving that most of us don't automatically click on things that promise you longer erections or implore you to "finish your degree while earning a decent living."
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