California leads list of most cybersecurity-conscious states

TechShielder, a cybersecurity and technology review company, on Dec. 5 provided Becker's with a list of the most cybersecurity-conscious states, revealing California in the top spot.

The list is based on the prevalence of Google searches for cybersecurity terms, such as "VPN" and "clear cache," in each state. According to TechShielder's data, California had approximately 301 searches for security-related phrases per 100,000 people every month.

West Virginia, meanwhile, was the least security-conscious state, with a little more than 132 searches for security-related phrases per 100,000 people each month.

Top 10 most security-conscious states:

  1. California 
  2. Nevada
  3. Oregon
  4. New Jersey
  5. New York
  6. Texas
  7. Florida
  8. Utah
  9. Colorado
  10. Virginia

The 10 least security conscious-states:

  1. West Virginia
  2. Mississippi
  3. Arkansas
  4. Louisiana 
  5. Alabama
  6. South Dakota
  7. Nebraska
  8. Wyoming
  9. Kentucky
  10. Iowa

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