According to research carried out by cyber security firm McAfee, Kim Kardashian is the riskiest person to search for online in the UK. The research measured how many potentially malicious sites were found in the search results for celebrity names. Supermodel Naomi Campbell and Kourtney Kardashian, Kim’s sister, took the second and third spots.
Ruby Rose, from the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, topped the US version of the list, along with reality star Kristin Cavallari and actress Marion Cotillard.
With more and more people consuming their entertainment online, it’s no surprise that cybercriminals are using celebrity culture to trick individuals into clicking on malicious links or visiting fraudulent websites. The aim is usually to infect their victims’ computers with malware so they can steal sensitive information.
Wherever you are, the message is the same: If you’re searching for celebrity news online, be careful. Using reputable sites, double checking URLs for misspellings or other clues they could be phony, or using browser tools that flag potentially malicious sites are all ways you can help protect yourself.
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