Top Cities for Internet Crimes

It can happen in your cityWhere you live could directly influence your chances of becoming a victim of cyber crime. At least that’s the conclusion drawn by recent studies into the origin of certain types of Internet crime, including fraud and distribution of malware.

According to these studies, which analyzed e-commerce transactions, social networking activity, and email usage, Washington, D.C. earned the dubious distinction of being the country’s riskiest city. This is due in part to the sheer number of smartphone users in the D.C. metro area, as well as the fact that the city offers plenty of high-value targets that are attractive to cyber thieves.

Other cities, such as Seattle and San Francisco, made the list because of the number of unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots, while still others owe their inclusion to the frequency of financial transactions carried out by residents.

Here is the complete list of top 10 cities for Internet crimes:

  1. Washington, D.C.
  2. Seattle
  3. San Francisco
  4. Atlanta
  5. Boston
  6. Denver
  7. Minneapolis
  8. Sacramento
  9. Raleigh
  10. Austin

Of course, cyber crime is an epidemic without true borders, so just because your city doesn’t appear on the list doesn’t mean you’re safe. You must take proactive steps to protect yourself against identity theft, fraud, and other common cons. For example, you should use difficult-to-guess passwords; install the latest version of the ESET Smart Security suite on your home or business computers; and track your bank and credit card accounts carefully so you can immediately detect unauthorized activity.

Don’t wait for disaster to strike; visit SoftwareSecuritySolutions.com today to find Avira Antivirus, ESET Smart Security, antimalware programs, and mobile security solutions that fit your Internet usage habits and needs.

Catch a Cybercriminal If You Can

Catch Me if You CanHave you ever wondered how often cyber-criminals are investigated, tracked down, convicted, and punished? Well, the statistics are quite disheartening. According to FBI data approximately 25% of all cyber crime cases go unsolved, and the conviction rate is mind-bogglingly low, with only one cyber-criminal jailed for every 50,365 victims. And these numbers only account for the crimes serious enough to warrant FBI attention, which means $5,000 in damages!

Why is it so difficult to bring cyber-criminals to justice? This is a question we at Software Security Solutions were curious about, so we decided to do a little digging. It turns out many factors contribute to the criminals’ ability to evade law enforcement, including the following:

  • Cyber-criminals constantly modify their techniques and use the newest technology in order to stay one step ahead of authorities. Another reason for layered security!
  • Cyber-criminals tend to victimize many individuals for relatively small amounts of money in the hopes that the incidents go unreported.
  • Cyber crime doesn’t leave much of a paper trail for authorities to follow. The savviest criminals are able to erase their virtual tracks, making detection nearly impossible.
  • Cyber crime is a worldwide activity that presents numerous jurisdictional problems. If a criminal in China rips off a victim in Los Angeles, you can imagine the jurisdictional nightmare that would be involved in prosecuting the case.

Although cyber crime is a real and constant threat in today’s world, you can protect yourself by being proactive and vigilant. For example, installing the best ESET NOD32 antivirus software on your computer, updating it regularly, and scanning your machine often will alert you to potential problems. In addition, you should thoroughly vet any online store or auction site before divulging sensitive credit card information, and completely ignore unsolicited emails of a financial nature.

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Where does Internet crime rank with the FBI?

FBI Cyber Crime DivisionWhat is the biggest threat to America’s national security right now? If you answered terrorism, you would have been correct a decade ago when organizations such as al-Qaeda were at the peak of their power. But these days cyber crime comes in at #1 on the FBI’s list of top security concerns.

At the recent 2013 InfoSec Europe conference in London, where attendees could do things like view new product demonstrations, gather ESET Endpoint Security information, and listen to keynote addresses about current security issues, a high-ranking FBI official said that the Bureau is shifting its primary focus from counter-terrorism to computer crime. The move is being made in response to a dramatic increase in cyber-attacks and cyber espionage perpetrated against critical U.S. infrastructure. To accommodate this change in priorities the FBI will now:

·         Hire more computer scientists to train agents

·         Adopt new preventive measures to stop cybercrime

·         Collaborate with private sector firms, security experts, and academics to share information and expand capabilities

The rise in Internet crime affects not only government networks, but individuals and small businesses alike. With more and more criminals using computers as weapons to commit fraud and initiate malware attacks, it’s time to take security more seriously by making sure you’re running the latest version of the most sophisticated antivirus and malware blocking software available.

And don’t think you’re safe just because you use Apple devices. The massive popularity of Macs and the explosive growth of iPhones and iPads mean cyber-criminals are targeting iOS users as well. Fortunately, in addition to PC versions, SoftwareSecuritySolutions.com also carries antivirus for Mac desktop and mobile products.

Take a cue from the FBI and be proactive rather than reactive about computer protection. Visit SoftwareSecuritySolutions.com today to download the latest antivirus and security programs for your desktop, laptop, or mobile device.

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