Twenty cities in America house residents with the savviest cybersecurity habits.

The residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota care more about protecting their data than those of any other city in the country.

The city ranked No. 1 in password protection in the nation, says a survey from cybersecurity app Dashlane.

The rest of the top 10 are…

  • Seattle, Washington
  • San FranciscoOakland, California
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Denver, Colorado
  • New York, New York
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Washington, DC
  • MiamiFort Lauderdale, Florida

 

Why your password is so important

Updating your password regularly is important to maintain good cybersecurity habits, says a survey of 1,000 Internet users from data loss prevention company Digital Guardian. Seventy percent say they update their password at least once yearly, and 40 percent do at least three times a year.

Sixty-five percent say they choose to create a password that is more secure, compared to 35 percent who use one that’s easy to remember. Sixty-seven percent of millennials create complex passwords, compared to Gen X (57 percent), baby boomers (47 percent), and even Generation Z (60 percent).

This is an improvement from five years ago, according to the survey. At the time, 1 in 5 said they had an online account compromised. Only 44 percent changed their password once yearly and 64 percent reported having a weak password.

The study suggests that it’s important to create complex passwords, and not to use the same one for multiple different accounts. The study also points out that “password overload” can become a problem. Seventy percent said they have over 10 password-protected accounts online, and 30 percent had too many to count. So, there’s a balance between complexity and familiarity you need to find for the right password.

A survey of over 2,000 Americans from online security company Netspark Cybersecurity found that 80 percent are at risk for a cyber attack. More than a third (34 percent) use the same passwords for all logins, and 33 percent use weak passwords. Three-fifths (58 percent) use less than four passwords for all of their online logins, and 15 percent constantly forget and have to reset their passwords.

And it looks like our poor cybersecurity habits don’t end at home.

Lazy at work

Sadly, a lot of employees seem to have trouble with basic cybersecurity practices. Debt.com has previously reported that employees are at fault when their company gets hacked. A report from cloud solutions manager Intermedia revealed that 96 percent of workers auto-save their passwords on their work computer, rather than manually entering it.

Almost a quarter (24 percent) use the same passwords at work as their personal accounts.

“The biggest security threat comes from the inside,” says Jonathan Levine, chief technology officer for Intermedia. “When employees do not properly back up files, choose to use the same password across multiple accounts, or send confidential materials to their personal accounts, their companies are left exposed and vulnerable not only to data loss, but to serious financial and legal implications as well.”

So how can you prevent using a weak password?

Computer password advice

Here’s a few tips for setting the right password to your sensitive information.

It’s important not to use your birthday, Social Security number or even your pet’s name, according to a previous Debt.com report. These are all too easy to figure out, or can lead to and even more compromising situation with your information.

Create strange, but easy to remember passwords. Think of a sentence you’ll easily remember, take the first letter of each word, then add a number or symbol. That way you should be able to come up with something only you would ever think of and won’t easily forget.

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Joe Pye

Joe Pye

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Pye is the associate editor of Debt.com.

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Article last modified on September 20, 2018 Published by Debt.com, LLC . Mobile users may also access the AMP Version: Which City Ranks Best in Cybersecurity Efforts? - AMP.