Searching your favorite( or not) celebrity’s epithet online might not seem fairly harmful, but certain names might be putting you more at risk of being subjected to cybercriminals than others.
That’s according to web security firm McAfee, who have just published their 11 th annual Most Dangerous Celebrities survey. This divulges those celebrities with the most dangerous search results, deemed as being the ones most likely to lead “youve got to” malware and other harmful things.
Previous “winners” of the accolade have included Emma Watson and Amy Schumer. This year, nonetheless, Canadian pop sensation Avril Lavigne tops the roll. Congratulations!
“We channel-surf the internet to discover the most recent celebrity gab, discover a new ballad, and even interact with our favorite aces. And cybercriminals know that, ” McAfee said in a blog post. “In fact, they’re capitalizing on that by weaving in sneaky cyberthreats within luminary sites.”
Lavigne is followed in the listing by Bruno Mars, Carly Rae Jepsen, Zayn Malik, and Celine Dion. Rounding out the top 10 are Calvin Harris, Justin Bieber, Diddy, Katy Perry, and Beyonce. In the UK, Craig David was called the most hazardous celebrity to search for.
So how did Lavigne build her course to the top of the listing? Well, the first reason appears to be because there’s a bizarre conspiracy conjecture about her, namely that the real vocalist died in 2003 and she’s amended by replacing an imposter called Melissa. This can lead to unreliable sources and compromised sites.
“The second reason is that in late 2016 Lavigne announced that she was working on a new album that will be released before the end of 2017, ” said McAfee. “And unfortunately, content searches for new music[ things like “Avril Lavigne+ free mp3”] resulted many into uncertain areas of the internet.”
Using this downloadable content to their advantage, hackers can seduce people onto malicious websites and install malware on their devices to steal personal information.
So is there any hope for us mere media muggles? Why yes, yes here i am. McAfee says, for a beginning, you should be careful what the hell are you click on. Second, searching for “free MP3” probably isn’t a fast-track to Internet security. And third, use antivirus software.