Fans looking for results on search engines using strings such as “name of celebrity” combined with words like “free downloads”, “hot pictures”, “screen savers”, and “videos” are at risk of running themselves into websites with malicious software and online threats designed to steal personal information.
“Searching for top celebrities continues to generate risky results,” said Paula Greve, director of Web security research at McAfee. “Consumers should be particularly aware of malicious content hiding in “tiny” places like shortened URLs that can spread virally in social networking sites, or through e-mails and text messages from friends.”
The study for “Most Dangerous Celebrity” used the McAfee SiteAdvisor site ratings which indicate the sites that are risky to search for celebrity names on the web and calculate an overall risk percentage. The top 10 celebrities in India from this year’s study with the highest risk percentages are:
Kareena Kapoor – The 3rd Most Dangerous Celebrity and winner of six filmfare awards has a 9.8 percent possibility of making users fall into a trap of malware laden websites.Saif Ali Khan – Saif Ali Khan has an 8.24 percent chance of leading users to malicious sites. The versatile Indian actor made his debut in the Bollywood industry two decades ago.
John Abraham- India’s heart throb takes the fifth position on the list; with a risk percentile of 8.07percent.
Priyanka Chopra – This former Miss World who has been the reigning queen of Bollywood occupies the sixth position on the Most Dangerous Celebrities list with a risk percentile of 8 percent.
Aamir Khan – One of the most revered stars in Bollywood, Aamir Khan has redefined the trends of the Hindi film industry with his roles in movies such as Lagaan and 3 Idiots. With a risk percentile of 7.65 percent, he is on the ninth position in our Most Dangerous Celebrities ranking.
Shah Rukh Khan – King Khan is at the tenth position on the Most Dangerous Celebrities list with a risk percentile of 6 percent.