If you don’t want to infect your computer, laptop or tablet, you’ll want to take precaution when searching for certain celebrities online.
Well, that’s the way it is for Avril Lavigne at least.
Cybersecurity software company McAfee has named Avril Lavigne the 2017 most unsafe celebrity due to the potential risk involved with searching for her name online.
The study reports which “celebrities generate the riskiest search results that could potentially expose their fans to malicious websites”, according to a press release from McAfee. Searches for Lavigne have a 14.5 per cent chance of landing on a web page with the potential for online threats, a number that increases to 22 per cent if users type her name and search for free MP3s. Rounding out the list of the top 10 “most dangerous” celebrities are Bruno Mars, Carly Rae Jepsen, Zayn Malik, Celine Dion, Calvin Harris, Justin Bieber, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Katy Perry and Beyoncé. She was at the center of an internet death conspiracy previous year (she’s alive), and rumors have been swirling about her dropping an album in the near future.
He said it’s important that consumers “slow down and consider the risks associated with searching for downloadable content”. “It’s far from surprising that an internet conspiracy lead to unreliable sources and sketchy sites”, said Davis.
McAfee had a few suggestions for why Lavigne scored so high on the 11th annual list: Interest after the artist said she’s working on a new album, a feature story on her by E!
Can McAfee make it any more obvious?