By Dave Hodges
DEMOCRAT BUSINESS EDITOR
October 1, 2008
Tallahassee's rank at the bottom of the 100 U.S. cities with the most
computer security threats and virus threats means the community is the
safest of those analyzed, but experts say that is no reason to relax
Software company PCTools officially released Tuesday a list of the most
targeted cities from members of its Threatfire community, made up of
about 450,000 users of that security software in the United States.
Each time Threatfire detects and blocks a threat, it records the
incident for analysis. PCTools said the data shows that the most
prevalent types of attacks users see are adware, followed by trojans,
the malware that appears to carry out a desirable function, but is
actually doing harm to the computer.
"Tallahassee was the cleanest with the least number of threats," said
Michael Greene, vice president for product strategy at PCTools.
The ranking was based on data reviewed for the first half of the year.
New York City topped the list and Houston was second, followed by Los
Angeles, Chicago and Miami. Other cities with low threat levels were
East Lansing, Mich.; Columbus, Ga.; Rockford, Ill., and Lincoln, Neb.
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