Avril Lavigne most ‘dangerous’ celebrity to search for online

Cybersecurity firm McAfee has released its annual report on the most dangerous celebrities to search for online, with singer Avril Lavigne topping the list.

The report, which “reveals which celebrities generate the riskiest search results that could potentially expose their fans to malicious websites”, is now in its 11th year, with past lists exposing the dangers of searching celebrities such as Amy Schumer and Emma Watson. On this year’s list, Bruno Mars is in second place , followed by Carly Rae Jepsen, Zayn Malik and Celine Dion.

“Cybercriminals continue to use the fascination of consumers with celebrity culture to drive unsuspecting users to potentially malicious websites that can be used to install malware, steal personal information and even passwords,” read a statement from McAfee, whose list also includes data regarding the chances that a search for one of these celebrities will arrive at a suspicious site. Lavigne’s tops the list with a 14.5% risk; that number jumps to 22% when searching the words “Avril Lavigne free mp3”.

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