New NYC Secure App Seeks To Protect New Yorkers From Malicious Cyberactivity

March 29, 2018 - 8:49 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday announced a new app aimed at protecting New Yorkers from malicious cyberactivity on mobile devices, across public wi-fi networks, and beyond.

De Blasio is known for using a flip phone, but says he knows most of us are on our phones every day.

As 1010 WINS’ Holli Haerr reported, de Blasio and other city officials came to Chelsea Thursday to introduce a new app called NYC Secure. It will help residents avoid malicious websites.

“Our lives are more and more online,” de Blasio said. “It’s our job in government to make sure people are safe online.”

One woman, Marie, said she wants to know more about the new app before deciding if she’ll get it.

“I’d like to get more specifics in terms of what that software would actually do for me,” she said.

But other people said they think it is a great idea.

The announcement comes as the city’s cybersecurity team watches for threats like the one that recently shut down computers in Atlanta.