Most recently, the antivirus specialist McAfee has presented a ranking of the web’s most dangerous search terms. Now there is an update revealing the most dangerous celebrities to search for online. And searching for people perfectly fits to a people search engine such as Yasni. Last year Emma Watson, known for her role in the Harry Potter movies, took number one. What about this year?
Some search terms bear the risk to end up on a page that is contaminated with viruses, Trojans or spyware. A year ago, names of attractive ladies were listed on top of the danger scale. Now, antivirus specialists of McAfee show in a new study which search terms are especially dangerous. Users are particularly at risk if they want to get information about current events in politics or entertainment via a search engine. Yet, there are also a few surprises in the top ten of the most dangerous search terms.
It seems reasonable to assume that when doing a search for illegal or offensive content such as pirate copies, streams, or pornography you may end up on websites infected with a virus. However, providers of Trojans or spyware are also advancing and speculate on the Internet user being less attentive on supposedly reputable websites and, therefore, more susceptible to malware or viruses. This is why also those search terms are dangerous which one might not expect to be on the list.
Who are the most dangerous stars to search for online? The McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities study found movie stars and models top the “most dangerous” list this year. McAfee researched famous people to reveal the riskiest celebrity athletes, musicians, politicians, comedians and Hollywood stars on the Web. So, if you’re searching for Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts or Jessica Biel online, look out! It seams that criminals believe those celebs are the perfect lures to sucker people into visiting malicious websites. By clicking onto strange websites, computers get infected. Once a computer is infected, criminals can steal victims’ online banking passwords, e-mail passwords, and do other kinds of nasty deeds.
“It’s sort of a little bit of rivalry from the traditional world going to the cyber world,” said Dmitri Alperovitch, McAfee’s vice president of threat research. “It’s fascinating how cyber criminals can be so in tune with the popularity of various actresses and models. …They’re actually a fantastic barometer of their popularity.”
So, please be careful and always start your people search via Yasni!
Here are the top 10 of the most dangerous celebrities:
1. Cameron Diaz
3. Jessica Biel
5. Brad Pitt
6. Adriana Lima
9. Tom Cruise
10. Heidi Klum