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2013 Most Dangerous Online Celebrities

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McAfee Security, a company that makes anti virus and anti spyware software has just released it’s 2013 Most Dangerous Celebrities list!

What does this mean?  It means that if you Google one of these celebrities, and then go to one of the websites listed, your computer may end up with something very nasty.

Actress Lily Collins, a very attractive actress who starred in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Mirror, Mirror, and is also the daughter of drummer Phil Collins (yup, she got her mother’s hair), tops this year’s list!

According to the McAfee website, “when you search for pictures and downloads of Lily Collins you have about a 14.5% chance of landing on a page that tested positive for spam, adware, spyware, viruses, or other malware”.

Rounding out the top five most dangerous searches are Avril Lavigne, Sandra Bullock, Kathy Griffin and Zoe Zaldana.  Actor Jon Hamm, the only male on the list comes in at #8. Last year’s most dangerous celebrity was Emma Roberts, f

“Today’s consumers often are completely unaware of security risks when searching for celebrity and entertainment news, images and videos online, sacrificing safety for immediacy,” said Paula Greve, director of web security research at McAfee. “Cybercriminals prey on consumers’ addiction to breaking news and leverage this behavior to lead them to unsafe sites that can severely infect their computers and devices and steal personal data.”

The best way to combat virus and spyware, besides having up to date anti virus software, is to be suspicious.

If a search turns up a link to free content or offers something too good to be true, then don’t click on it.

If a link has a misspellings in the link itself, the link probably would not take you to where you want to be.

Be very cautious when searching for “hot topics”.

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