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Kelowna ranked ninth most vulnerable to cyber crime

Monday, March 22nd, 2010 | 6:17 pm

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Affluence isn’t working in Kelowna’s favour when it comes to cyber crime.

In a  study that compared 50 Canadian cities for their online vulnerability  Kelowna ranked ninth, for having a higher rate of cyber crime —  the leading cause of identity fraud.

While bigger cities such as Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto often top the list in crime reports, Norton representatives said that it’s smaller areas, like Kelowna, that are showing  weakness in this area.

“This study is a real eye-opener, demonstrating that larger urban centres, such as Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, which have a diverse mix of high and low income communities, don’t necessarily have the same level of Internet access as do wealthier suburbs like Burlington, Oakville and Kelowna,” said Lynn Hargrove, Director, Consumer Solutions, Symantec Canada, in a press release.

“Residents in areas with more access to computers, the Internet and WiFi hotspots will go online more often to shop, bank and communicate with family and friends, making them greater targets for cybercriminals.”

The rankings were determined through a combination of Symantec Security Response’s data on cyberattacks and potential malware infections, as well as third-party data about online behavior, such as Internet accessibility and WiFi hotspots.

The following are ranked the Norton Top 10 Riskiest Online Canadian Cities:
Here’s the list of top-risk cities, according to the Sperling BestPlaces and Norton’s survey, with No. 1 being highest:

1. Burlington

2. Port Coquitlam, B.C.

3. Langley, B.C.

4. Vancouver

5. Calgary

6. Oakville

7. Markham

8. Toronto

9. Kelowna, B.C.

10. Kitchener

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