When considering where to live, it’s wise to look up stats about an area’s climate, the cost of living, and its proximity to other important stuff in your life. Symantec’s MessageLabs recently supplied some information about your odds of getting spammed, too.
|MessageLabs Names Most- (And Least-) Spammed States|
Somewhat surprisingly, the states you might imagine as being the “most wired” – California, New York, Washington – weren’t at the top of the list. Instead, the state in which spam represents the highest percentage of all emails received is Idaho, with 93.8 percent.
In an email to SecurityProNews, a Symantec/MessageLabs representative then listed the other top states (in order) as Kentucky, New Jersey, Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Maryland.
The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico wound up on the opposite end of the list, followed by Montana, Alaska, Kansas, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and Florida.
We’re not quite sure what to make of these findings; the states don’t appear to be ordered according to Internet penetration rates, GDP per capita, overall population, physical size, or anything else. Still, if you’re looking to move, now you have a better idea of how to decrease the odds of getting bombarded with spam at your new home.