According to top cybersecurity company McAfee, looking up Avril Lavigne via a search engine can lead to potentially dangerous results and here’s why.
McAfee puts out a report every year which details the riskiest celebrities to search for. Celebrities on this list get the honour of being ranked on this list because of how hackers and other malicious online operators attach malicious websites to these celebrities’ names. This leads to searchers being presented with potentially malicious websites in search engine results whenever they search for the celebrities on McAfee’s list.
Cybercriminals are well aware of the fascination of most individuals with the lifestyles of celebrities who they either love, hate, and love to hate, or hate to love. By cashing in on this need of people to get a daily fix of the latest happenings in the lives of celebrities, cybercriminals are able to set up malicious websites which people will access in the hope of celerity news. The level of danger these malicious websites can vary depending on the skill and goal of the cybercriminal.
Other artists on this year’s list of most dangerous celebrities to search for include; Bruno Mars, Zayn Malik, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Celine Dion. But what makes Avril Lavigne’s presence at the top of the list odd is the fact that she’s being off the music scene for a while now for health reasons. Although, it is possible that the announcement she made recently on Instagram concerning soon making a comeback to the music scene has led cybercriminals to take the initiative by laying the groundwork for their nefarious activities in anticipation of a possible Avril-Mania sweeping through the globe.
Experts advise consumers can avoid falling prey to such malicious sites by ignoring the temptation of suspicious links and sites promising the latest news concerning their favourite celebrities and sticking with only trusted news providers.