NEW YORK, March 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, password manager Dashlane releases its 2018 City Security Rankings™. The rankings examine the password security in America's 20 most populous metropolitan areas as well as 20 additional cities that are home to some of the country's most important companies and government agencies.
The scores were based on several metrics, including average password strength and average number of reused passwords.
"The analysis reveals numerous regional trends that suggest people in certain areas may take their password security more seriously than others," said Emmanuel Schalit, CEO of Dashlane. "Our intention, as always, is to inspire everyone to take identity management into their own hands and to use the available tools for the most secure digital presence possible."
For more information on the City Security Rankings, go to: https://blog.dashlane.com/city-security-rankings-2018/
2018 Dashlane City Security Rankings™
- Minneapolis, MN
- Seattle, WA
- San Francisco – Oakland, CA
- Detroit, MI
- Chicago, IL
- Denver, CO
- New York, NY
- Saint Louis, MO
- Washington, DC
- Miami – Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Riverside, CA
- Boston, MA
- Philadelphia, PA
- San Diego, CA
- Tampa – St. Petersburg, FL
- Los Angeles, CA
- Dallas, TX
- Phoenix, AZ
- Houston, TX
- Atlanta, GA
Mess With Texas
Things might be bigger in Texas, but not when it comes to passwords: All of the Texas locations scored near the bottom in both rankings. Folks in Dallas might take solace knowing that like their football team, their passwords were also better than Houston's. D-Town > H-Town.
NorCal vs. SoCal
When it comes to ranking the best tacos, we don't have the data, but NorCal officially takes cybersecurity bragging rights as their scores were dramatically better across the board. The trend does not follow a straight North-South progression, however, as San Diego came out on top of LA.
Four out of the six lowest-scoring cities hail from the south: Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, and Tampa.
Despite massive populations, both Chicagoland and the Big Apple received Top 5 marks.
Dashlane researchers were curious about what proximity to power players across industries and institutions might suggest about the security habits of residents. As such, the team examined 20 cities that are home to a variety of prominent companies and organizations:
- Fort Meade, MD
- Cupertino, CA
- Redwood City, CA
- Los Gatos, CA
- Sunnyvale, CA
- Menlo Park, CA
- San Jose, CA
- Mountain View, CA
- Omaha, NE
- Bentonville, AR
- Oak Brook, IL
- Arlington, VA
- Venice, CA
- Redmond, WA
- Scottsdale, AZ
- Langley, VA
- Deerfield, IL
- Irving, TX
- Round Rock, TX
- Armonk, NY
It may come as no surprise that many cities in the tech-savvy Silicon Valley, including Cupertino and Redwood City, claimed seven of the top spots. These cities clearly have stronger security habits than places were tech isn't the dominant industry.
There is more of a spread with cities that are home to large government agencies. Fort Meade, MD, headquarters of the NSA, topped the list, while Arlington, VA was middle of the pack, and nearby Langley, VA scored in the bottom quarter.
Rankings aside, there are a few easy actions anyone can take that will drastically improve their own online security:
- Generate passwords that exceed the minimum of 8 characters
- Create passwords with a mix of case-sensitive letters, numbers, and special symbols
- Use a unique password for every online account
- Avoid using passwords that contain common words, phrases, slang, places, or names
- Use a password manager to help generate, store, and manage your passwords
Dashlane, one of the world's most trusted digital security companies, takes the pain out of passwords with its password manager and secure digital wallet app. Dashlane allows users to securely manage passwords, credit cards, IDs, and other important information via advanced encryption and local storage.
With so many devices, the line between home and work no longer exists. Thankfully, Dashlane works everywhere, for everyone. The company has helped 9 million consumers manage and secure their digital identity and enabled over $13 billion in e-commerce transactions. Dashlane Business is trusted by 7,000+ companies to create, enforce, and track effective access management, and features the only patented security architecture in the industry.
The Dashlane app is available on PC, Mac, Android, and iOS and has won critical acclaim by top publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today. Dashlane is free to use on your favorite device for life and costs $39.99/year to sync between an unlimited number of devices.
Dashlane was founded by Bernard Liautaud and co-founders Alexis Fogel, Guillaume Maron, and Jean Guillou. The company has offices in New York City and Paris and has received $52.5 million in funding from TransUnion, Rho Ventures, FirstMark Capital, and Bessemer Venture Partners. Learn more at Dashlane.com.