Minneapolis is the hardest city to hack

Minneapolis knows computers.

Minneapolis knows computers.

Buried deep in their hard drives, Minneapolis residents have something to hide.

Okay, either that, or we're rather internet-savvy.

A new study from the AVG Technologies found that Minneapolis is the least likely American city to get "duped" online. The study looked at practices like backing up data, using password protection, and running virus scans, and ranked 35 big cities across the U.S. based on its survey.

Minneapolis, by the survey, is the least likely city to get duped, beating out tech-heavy cities like San Francisco, and even topping the ultimate streetwise, suspicious Americans in New York City.


The study relied on a nationwide survey of 8,000 people with internet access, which found some pretty damning results about general online usage. The worst offenses come on mobile internet devices, which 40 percent of respondents don't even protect with a password.

Changed your password lately?

Changed your password lately?

On PCs, it doesn't get much better, with 38 percent of those surveyed sharing an online password with at least one other person, and 41 percent never manually running a virus scan.

For the worst internet security -- well, San Antonio might as well be handing out copies of its credit cards. They came in as the No. 1 city at risk of being "digitally duped," followed by Tampa, Atlanta, and Dallas.

The kinds of cities Minneapolis usually competes with in these "most hip" rankings fall somewhere near the middle in this one: Portland (12), Seattle (18), Boston (22) and Austin, Texas, which ranked 26, all have some work to do in protecting their online identity.

To get the No. 35, or "least likely" duped spot, Minneapolis beat-out an interesting collection of cities: Nashville, Miami and Cincinnati all made the top five for internet security -- though most Cincinnati residents are probably just paranoid someone will steal their chili recipe.

New York City finished second to Minneapolis, a pretty big surprise given all those super-rich Wall Street types who actually have enough in the bank to worry about.  Surely, NYC residents took a serious knock in this survey because so many of them have had the same password for years: "minneapolisenvy."

We win again.