Caution: Searching For Jessica Biel May Be Dangerous To Your Computer’s Health

jessica-bielDanger, thy name is Jessica Biel!

No, we’re not turning Search Engine Land into a celebrity gossip blog … we’re talking about the risks of searching online for certain celebrities. And, according to a McAfee report issued today, Jessica Biel is the most dangerous celebrity on the web, passing last year’s master of search disaster, Brad Pitt.

McAfee explains the risks involved in being a search engine-using fan of Jessica Biel:

“Fans searching for “Jessica Biel” or “Jessica Biel downloads,” “Jessica Biel wallpaper,” “Jessica Biel screen savers,” “Jessica Biel photos” and “Jessica Biel videos” have a one in five chance of landing at a Web site that’s tested positive for online threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware.”

Here’s the full top ten, according to McAfee’s study:

  1. Jessica Biel
  2. Beyoncé
  3. Jennifer Aniston
  4. Tom Brady
  5. Jessica Simpson
  6. Gisele Bundchen
  7. Miley Cyrus
  8. Megan Fox & Angelina Jolie (tie)
  9. Ashley Tisdale
  10. Brad Pitt

This the third consecutive year McAfee has surveyed the danger associated with using celebrity names when searching online. It’s similar to, but more specific than McAfee’s report a couple months ago that detailed the web’s riskiest search terms overall.

(Jessica Biel image provided by McAfee.)

Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Legal: Security


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