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McAfee finds Lily Collins as Most Dangerous Celebrity on Internet

McAfee, a known security firm, has recently released its study on "Most dangerous Celebrities" in 2013 and it has been found that American female actor Lily Collins, renowned for movies like 'Abduction, Mirror, and The Blind Side, has earned the distinction of being the most dangerous celebrity searched on online.

McAfee has detected that there is 14.5% probability that Internauts who hunt for the content related to Lily Collins will land on a site that contains malware, spyware, viruses, phishing, spam or adware.

Online searches that result in landing on malicious sites include 'Lily Collins and free downloads', 'Lily Collins and free app downloads' and 'Lily Collins and fakes'. Users searching for vulgar images of the female superstar (referring to Lily Collins) are taken to shady websites.

Behind Collins, a search for Avril Lavigne had a 12.7% chance of encountering malware. The other top five celebrities include Sandra Bullock [10.8%], Kathy Griffin [10.6%] and Zoe Saldana [10.5%]. Besides these other notable "risky" celebrities include Kate Perry (10.4%), Britney Spears (10.1%), Adriana Lima (9.9%), Emma Roberts (9.8%), placed in positions sixth, seventh, ninth and tenth respectively.

The sole male actor to make it in top 10 list of most risky celebrities in 2013 was Jon Hamm of "Mad Men's" who figured at eighth position with a 10.0% risk of running into a dangerous website.

According to McAfee, female superstars are far more precarious than their male counterparts. In addition to Hamm, Justin Timberlake (12) and Patrick Dempsey (13) were the only other male heroes to crack in top 20 lists. Plenty of searches for musicians also could result in risky websites with Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Beyonce featuring in the top 50.

Paula Greve, Director of Web Security Research at McAfee noted that today's consumers are often completely unknown of security hazards while searching for celebs and entertainment news, pictures and video, thereby forfeiting safety for immediacy. Cyber crooks prey on Internaut's obsession to breaking news and exploit this behavior to direct them to insecure sites that can ruthlessly taint their machines and devices to embezzle personal data," as published by Marketwatch.com on 17th September, 2013.

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