Sep 11, 2012
Are you an Emma Watson fan? Do you frequently search the Internet for the latest news and gossips about her? If you do, then read this post because you have a very high chance of getting infected by malicious sites. Or worse you could be the next victim of phishing sites that can steal your online identity. For this year, McAfee found out that searching the Internet for related content about Emma Watson will put you at 12.6 % chance of malware and virus infection.
Every year, McAfee was conducting research on Hollywood actors, politicians, athletes and other Internet icons to reveal the riskiest of them all. This research was based on the idea that people has the habit of finding out the latest photos, videos, tweets and gossips about their favorite celebrities. With this kind of behavior exhibited by most Internet users, cybercriminals often take the advantage by following the same trends exhibited by the Internet public.
The risk involved starts when an Internet user searching for “Emma Watson nude pictures” for example, was lured by a malicious user offering links or images of the said celebrity. What the user does not know is that the link was specially crafted to entice you to click the link. According to McAfee, any links from a malicious site could be infected by malicious software that can steal your passwords and personal information. For this year, McAfee found out that “free downloads” and “nude pictures” relating to a celebrity as part of the search term has the highest result of risky sites.
Here’s the top 10 most dangerous celebrities for 2012 that includes Emma Watson (Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter), Jessica Biel (Total Recall), Eva Mendes (2 Fast 2 Furious, Hitch), Selena Gomez (Alex Russo in Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place), Halle Berry (Catwoman and Gothika), Megan Fox (Transformers, This is 40), Shakira (belly-dancing singer/songwriter), Cameron Diaz (2010 Most Dangerous Celebrity rumored to star in Expendables 3), Salma Hayek (Savages and Frida) and Sofia Vergara (The Three Stooges).
To stay protected, McAfee suggests that you should use the SiteAdvisor software that can be downloaded at www.siteadvisor.com that will suggest if a particular site is malicious or not. Also an updated anti-virus protection is a must as your first line of defense from these kind of sites.
If you’re looking for some place to watch online videos or video downloads, you should choose authority sites like Hulu, Netflix, NBC or ABCtv. But if you prefer YouTube, be aware that there should be no link redirection to other sites after clicking a YouTube video.
For most unwary users, you should pay attention to domain names having two “.com” like YouTube.com.XYZ.com because this is more likely a phishing site that can infect your computer with malware and viruses.