Obsessed with Celebrity Gossip? Be Aware of 2013’s Riskiest Cyber Celebrity Searches

In McAfee’s 7th annual study of the riskiest celebrity searches performed on the internet, Lily Collins has replaced Emma Watson as the most dangerous cyber celebrity. Other stars included on the top ten list are Avril Lavigne, Sandra Bullock, Katy Perry and Britney Spears. Jon Hamm of Mad Men is the only male to make the list, resulting in women appearing overall more dangerous to search for online than men.

It’s important for fans to be cautious when downloading photos and videos of their favorite artists, actors and personalities, especially surrounding award shows and breaking news being released. Scammers create malicious sites and links to capitalize on peoples’ interest in the entertainment world.

To help protect yourself and your computer, mobile device and/or tablet from cyber attacks:

  • Be cautious in searching for and uploading “free downloads.” You could potentially be downloading viruses and malware that can steal your personal and financial information. Search for information on official, trusted news sites that don’t require you to download anything first.
  • Consider it a red flag if you are being asked to provide personal information, financial details and passwords or logins prior to viewing the sought after information. This is a common tactic used by identity thieves and you should always check for a website’s privacy policy before providing such details.
  • Protect your device by installing the latest anti-virus and anti-malware/spyware software. Avoid having auto-logins for apps on your phone and consider password protecting your device in case it is ever lost or stolen.

Visit www.bbb.org for more tips on cyber security and avoiding scams.

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About Caitlin Driscoll

I have been the Public Relations Director of the Better Business Bureau of Western PA since November 2011.