Oct 01, 2015 (LBO) – Intel Security has recently conducted a study using McAfee Web Advisor to determine the number of risky sites that would be generated in search results including a celebrity name and commonly searched terms.
Intel Security refers to these stars as the Most Dangerous Celebrities, meaning that they are likely popular search subjects.
Cybercriminals take advantage of this interest in celebrities by riddling search results with links to sites that may host malware and other online threats that can steal personal data and harm devices.
“As an example searching for van Buuren presents a 17.92 percent chance of running into online threats,” Intel Security said.
“If a user clicked all the results generated by the search terms; That’s nearly a 1 in 5 chance of landing on a site that has ‘malicious’ written all over it.”
Cybercriminals might use the terms ‘free mp3’ or ‘torrent’ to entice you to download a seemingly-legitimate file that is, in reality, malicious.
In the case of Buuren, search terms like “HD download “and “torrent” combined with “Armin van Buuren” are hotbeds for hacker hoaxes, says Intel.
Check out the 2015 top ten Most Dangerous Celebrities list below.
There are a few things you can do to keep yourself safe:
• Only download from verified sites. Don’t download anything from a website you don’t trust. If it looks suspicious, your hunch about its legitimacy is probably right. Access content directly from reputable sources, such as Apple Music and Google Play Music.
• Be strict when sharing your personal information. If you receive a message from an unknown website asking for your log-in, or requesting other personal information, about face. Cybercriminals often pose as legitimate companies to scoop up your sensitive information via email, text, or other methods of communication. Be wary of these phishing tactics to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.
• Let an online safety advisor be your guide. When it’s hard to tell if a site is legitimate, a web advisor can help. Online tools like McAfee WebAdvisor can alert you of risky sites before you click, and protect you from threats like malware and browser exploits.
• Use comprehensive security. Whether you follow celebrity gossip or not, it’s always a good idea to protect your devices from potential infection. Comprehensive security solutions like McAfee LiveSafe can safeguard your devices by diverting you from dangerous downloads.