McAfee released this year’s “world’s most dangerous celebrities”, a Top 10 list of pop culture’s riskiest people to search for on the Web. Why are they risky? Searching for them can lead to more harm than good.
This year’s number 1 is Heidi Klum, the former Victoria Secret model and producer of the hit show “Project Runway”. Search for her and over 10% of the results you’ll get are sites marked as ‘malicious’.
Downloading anything from these sites is risky. You’ll get more than just photos, screensavers and videos of your favorite model. You’ll also get malware, Trojans or other surprises which will infect your computer. Beware!
Celebrities are prime suspects for hackers to use to get you to their shady websites. Why? We love famous people! We’re obsessed with hearing about what our favorite stars, musicians or athletes are up to all the time (well some of you do). That’s what makes the Tabloid market so popular. And where there is popularity, there are more opportunities for cybercriminals. Why do you think Facebook is littered with scams!
Others on the list include Cameron Diaz (last year’s crowning champion), Jessica Biel, Anna Paquin and Brad Pitt (he’s still around for some reason). You can read the full list here. Just remember, if you must download stuff of these celebrities, you’re doing so at your own risk.
It’s one thing to be a fan, and another to be curious. But we all know what curiosity did to the cat.