Emma Watson most ‘dangerous’ celebrity

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FORMER Harry Porter star Emma Watson was named security software company McAfee’s 2012 most dangerous celebrity to search for online, replacing Heidi Klum, who topped the list last year.
According to McAfee, cybercriminals follow the latest trends, often using the names of popular celebrities to lure people to sites that are designed to steal passwords and personal information.

Report by CBS
The technology security company found that fans searching for Emma Watson pictures and downloads had a 12,6% chance of landing on a website that poses online threats, such as stealing personal information or downloading viruses.

 
“In today’s celebrity culture, consumers expect to be able to go online to catch up with the latest photos, videos, tweets, and stories about their favorite celebrities. Due to the richness of the data and the high interaction, often times consumers forget the risks that they are taking by clicking on the links,” said Paula Greve, director of web security research at McAfee.

 
McAfee also shares with users an indispensible “Tips to stay protected” list.

 
Among other things, it advises users to beware of content that asks them to download anything before providing them with content.

 
Instead, it suggests users to watch streaming videos or download videos from known sites.

 
It highlighted further that search strings for free downloads were noticeably the ones most susceptible to viruses.

 
Importantly, McAfee advises those who use several devices to search for celebrities, to ensure that they have up-to-date, comprehensive security for all their devices.

 
“In today’s celebrity culture, consumers expect to be able to go online to catch up with the latest photos, videos, tweets, and stories about their favorite celebrities. Due to the richness of the data and the high interaction, often times consumers forget the risks that they are taking by clicking on the links,” said Paula Greve, director of web security research at McAfee.

 
“As the sophistication and expectations of consumers with respect to their online experience has increased, so has the level and ability to deliver malware either by malvertising, exploiting the user’s browser without their awareness, or masking malicious URLs behind shortened URLs.”

 
The study found that female celebrities are more dangerous than men.

 
Jessica Biel and Eva Mendes follow right behind Watson coming in second and third.

 
Jimmy Kimmel was the only male to make the top 20 list this year.

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