The five states with the worst cyber hygiene rankings were Florida, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico and Illinois. In those states, 72 percent of respondents to Webroot’s survey said they share their passwords, and nearly half never back up their data.
These statistics were surprising to Tyler Moffitt, a senior threat research analyst at Webroot. “I did not think that sharing passwords would be that bad,” he said.
The states with the worst data security practices also had the direst consequences: Those states had the highest average number of people who experienced more than 10 malware infections in a single year.
Many people do not realize the importance of good security practices online until they get a virus or their identity is stolen.
“People don’t take care or think about it until after they are a victim, and that’s the wrong attitude to have,” said Moffitt.