Company reveals 'most unsafe celebrities to search online'

Carla Harmon
September 20, 2017

The report "reveals which celebrities generate the riskiest search results that could potentially expose their fans to malicious websites".

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On Tuesday, McAfee announced its 11th annual list of "the most risky celebrities to search online".

The security firm says a search for "Avril Lavigne free mp3" carries a 22% chance of landing on a malicious website.

Well, McAfee found it was Avril Lavigne that was the most risky.

Following Avril and Bruno were Carly Rae Jepsen, Zayn Malik, and Celine Dion.

It's a dubious step up for Lavigne, who was ranked No. 2 in 2013.

Lavigne, 32, who found fame in 2002 with the hit single "Complicated", has been off the celebrity scene for a number of years because of Lyme disease which she has said left her bedridden.

McAfee had a few suggestions for why Lavigne scored so high on the 11th annual list: Interest after the artist said she's working on a new album, a feature story on her by E!

This year, the top of the list is Canadian pop princess Avril Lavigne, according to the new rankings. In 2015, it was Dutch trance DJ van Buuren. The company used its own site ratings to compile the celebrity list and used searches on Google, Bing and Yahoo.

The McAfee study was carried out across Google, Bing and Yahoo! browsers, with Adele, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Rita Ora, Charli XCX, Lily Allen and Zayn Malik also among those artists that United Kingdom internet users need to wary of when seeking out music. 'However, consumers need to be aware of the cybersecurity risks of clicking on links that promise the latest content from celebrities, particularly when they're offering it for free. When searching for their favourite content online, they need to slow down and assess the links and sources that are showing up in search results.

"Thinking before clicking goes a long way to stay safe online", he said.

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