There are a lot of reasons to go searching for celebrities on the internet, particularly if they’re in movies or TV shows that you really want to watch but can’t find on Netflix. But the internet can be a dangerous place.
Popularity can lead to problems, and celebrities are often the perfect bait for criminals, scammers, and other nasty types to try and virtually mess you up. Fortunately, antivirus firm McAfee has compiled a list of the celebrities to avoid online (opens in new tab), or at least be a lot more careful with.
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Globally, it seems the most dangerous celebrity to search for is Anna Kendrick (opens in new tab), star of Trolls World Tour and HBO Max’s Love Life. She’s joined by Sean Combs, Blake Lively, Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Jimmy Kimmel, Julia Roberts, Kate McKinnon, and Jason Derulo.
In other regions, things are a little bit different. In the U.K., McAfee claims Graham Norton (opens in new tab), host of the popular self-titled television talk show, is the main culprit to look out for. Meanwhile, soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo (opens in new tab) claims that title in India, and Kylie Jenner (opens in new tab) proves to be the riskiest Google search result in Germany.
Obviously, we don’t know how McAfee is measuring the relative risk of searching for all these famous types. It’s not like Googling "Graham Norton" or "Anna Kendrick" is going to leave you with a crippled device and a stolen identity.
The point of these lists is for McAfee to try and emphasize the fact that clicking on random search results online can be risky and lead you to phishing scams, malware, spam and just general nastiness.
And it just so happens McAfee has a range of tools you can buy to keep your digital life safe. Funny coincidence, right?
But in all seriousness, a little bit of extra protection never hurt anyone. Especially if you have kids that spend a lot of time online, and might not know about how these malicious sites operate.