Emma Watson is most famous for playing JK Rowling's Hermione Granger. Since the movies concluded she's gone on to have a rather successful career with several more movies under her belt as well as make up deals and her own fashion line. Now she can include her title as McAfee's most dangerous celebrity on her resume, too.
We know by now that it's not uncommon for cybercriminals to target star-struck fans looking for pictures, videos and screensavers of their favourite athletes, film starts and musicians. But who's the biggest risk when looking to Google for celebs to oogle? McAfee has released its annual list of the most dangerous celebrities to search for if you're hoping to avoid malware, and top of the list is Emma Watson.
Watson joins Jessica Biel, Cameron Diaz, and Heidi Klum, who topped the list in 2009, 2010, and 2011, respectively. McAfee said that when users surf the web for news or pictures of their favorite celebrity, they often don't think about the links they're clicking on. With cybercriminals following trends of which stars are the hottest, people are easily lured into digital traps. According to McAfee, you have a one in eight chance of landing on a malicious site if you're searching for content related to Emma Watson. Those searching for "Emma Watson and free downloads," "Emma Watson and nude pictures," "Emma Watson and fakes," and "Emma Watson and busted" are at risk of running into online threats designed to steal personal information.
McAfee says that Jessica Biel came in second behind Emma Watson. Rounding out the top five was Eva Mendes, Selena Gomez, and Halle Berry. Interestingly, the entire top 10 is made up of female celebrities. Jimmy Kimmel was the only male to break the top 20.
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On the other hand, if I owned a car and knew nothing about maintenance, I would be in trouble.
On the other hand, it's easy to blame the ignorant users for assuming computers are like standard low-maintenance appliances such as microwaves or laundry machines...