A recent survey has revealed the top ten most dangerous celebs who could land you in trouble if you search for them on the internet.
The research suggests that Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne could be the riskiest celebrity to search for on the internet but, apparently, not for the reason you might have in mind.
The risk is completely related to matters of cybersecurity encountered while trying to download things online.
Cybersecurity firm McAfee found in its annual report covered by The Guardian on Tuesday, that Lavigne is the most dangerous celebrity to search for online. This means that she’s most likely to expose fans to “malicious websites” and cybercriminals. The survey which is now in its 11th year has featured celebrities such as Amy Schumer and Emma Watson on its past lists exposing the dangers of searching for some celebrities.
However, this year, Avril Lavigne tops the list.
“Cybercriminals continue to use the fascination of consumers with celebrity culture to drive unsuspecting users to potentially malicious websites that can be used to install malware, steal personal information and even passwords,” read a statement from McAfee, whose list also includes data regarding the chances that a search for one of these celebrities will arrive at a suspicious site. Lavigne’s tops the list with a 14.5% risk; that number jumps to 22% when searching the words “Avril Lavigne free mp3”.
Some other celebrities at the top of the recent list include Bruno Mars, Carly Rae Jepsen, Zayn Malik, Celine Dion and Beyonce.
Gary Davis, McAfee’s chief consumer security evangelist added that “in today’s digital world, we want the latest hit albums, videos, movies and more, immediately available on our devices.” This hunger exposes consumers to a lot of malicious websites.
The truth remains that consumers often prioritize their convenience over security by engaging in risky behavior like clicking on suspicious links that promise the latest content from celebrities. Most of us are guilty of this even when our instincts are screaming fraud!.
Therefore, it’s imperative that we slow down and consider the risks associated with what we search for and especially the content of what we download. Always think before you click to stay safe.
Top 10 Most Dangerous Celebs on the internet;
1. Avril Lavigne
2. Bruno Mars
3. Carly Rae Jepsen
4. Zayn Malik
5. Celine Dion
6. Calvin Harris
7. Justin Bieber
8. Sean “Diddy” Combs
9. Katy Perry
Lavigne is the first female musician to take the No. 1 spot on the list where she replaced Amy Schumer, named the most dangerous celebrity on the internet in 2016.
The singer has been absent from the music scene for four years following her struggle with Lyme disease in 2014. Her recent announcement on Instagram about a new music that she would be releasing may have contributed to an increase in malicious sites associated with a search for her name, thus, landing her on top of the list of most dangerous celebs to search for on the internet.