Most of the safest states are Democratic-leaning, while the riskiest are mainly Republican-leaning.

Aside from being most at risk for hurricanes, Florida residents are most likely to get hacked.

Three states with the riskiest cybersecurity habits lean Republican, while three of the states with the safest habits lean Democrat, says a study from cybersecurity company Webroot. Here is a quick look at the best and worst…

Five states with the best cybersecurity practices 

  • Florida
  • Wyoming
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • Illinois

Five states with the worst cybersecurity practices

  • New Hampshire
  • Massachusetts
  • Utah
  • Rhode Island
  • Minnesota

The findings are based on a survey of more than 4,000 people about their online safety practices and knowledge.

“Regardless of the region, the riskiest states index shows that many people in the U.S. are jeopardizing their safety with inadequate cybersecurity practices,” says Webroot VP David Dufour. “To help fight widespread threats, internet users should run a security solution on their personal devices and make sure that all security and other software applications are up to date.”

Bad cybersecurity practices

It’s great Dufour suggests Americans should update their security and software applications while using the internet — but what exactly are we all doing that’s jeopardizing our safety?

Only 24 percent of Americans regularly monitor bank and credit card statements, block popups, and update their online passwords. Seventy-two percent of Floridians reportedly share a password or login credentials with friends and coworkers, while in New Hampshire (the safest state), 53 percent of residents would never share their passwords.

Debt.com previously reported that Americans are quick to punish companies that don’t protect their data, but most of us don’t, either.

A study from password security company Dashlane says the average person has 150 passwords now, and we reuse them for convenience — which leaves us vulnerable to a hack. Most of our passwords are easy for hackers to crack because we just use pop culture references and profanity. Enough guessing and checking and they’ve got access to your personal information.

Despite our own bad habits, we’re quick to punish companies by putting them on blast over social media, according to data storage company Veritas.

With the rate identity theft is growing worldwide, IT executives for companies are going to face plenty more public backlash in the near future.

A worldwide problem

Almost half (44 percent) of companies worldwide experienced at least one data breach last year, according to a survey from cybersecurity company SailPoint.

Even worse, of those companies, the average number of breaches they experienced over a year was up to 30. Data breaches cost these companies almost $1 million in damages from their IT departments. That figure doesn’t include fines, lost revenue, and brand damage like they’ll face from angry customers.

“IT leaders face an uphill battle,” says SailPoint executive Paul Trulove. “Hackers are increasingly more sophisticated and more organized. Yesterday’s security strategies are simply not sufficient to address these security and compliance requirements.”

Data breach biases

Eighty-four percent of cybersecurity workers say they want to be notified right away if their data has been stolen, says a poll from cybersecurity company Thycotic. Yet, only 37 percent of them say they would immediately notify their customers if it happened to them. And only 32 percent would admit their company has been breached over the past year.

“When it comes to breaches, transparency is key and preparing an incidence response plan can help companies be ready so that they can minimize the damage that such a serious event can cause to not only their company but to that of their customers,” says Thycotic executive Joseph Carson.

Carson concludes: “In an age when experiencing a data breach seems almost inevitable, a solid incident response and recovery plan can reduce data breach costs significantly as well as avoiding a devastating negative impact on brand and customer loyalty.”

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