Lily Collins: 2013′s Most Dangerous Celebrity To Search For

lily-collinsMove over Emma Watson. Actress Lily Collins has taken the title as 2013′s most dangerous celebrity to search for online.

McAfee, the security technology company, is out with its seventh annual most dangerous celebrities survey, which uses the company’s SiteAdvisor site ratings to measure what percentage of search results for popular celebrities lead to risky websites.

This year, searches related to Lily Collins photos and downloads had a 14.5 percent chance of leading to a website that tested positive for things like spyware, adware, viruses, phishing attempts and other malware. Here are some specifics from McAfee about searches for the young actress:

Fans searching for “Lily Collins and free downloads,” “Lily Collins and nude pictures,” “Lily Collins and fakes,” and “Lily Collins and free app downloads” are at risk of running into online threats designed to steal personal information, such as email addresses and passwords. Clicking on these risky sites and downloading files such as pictures and videos expose surfers to a larger risk of downloading viruses and malware.

Nine of the top 10 risky celebrity searches this year are for females. Mad Men star Jon Hamm is the only male in the top 10. The only other two males in the top 20 are Justin Timberlake (No. 12) and Patrick Dempsey (No. 13).

Musicians are a popular target for malware websites, McAfee says. Nine of the top 20 most dangerous searches are for musicians, and 17 of the top 50.

Emma Watson, last year’s most dangerous celebrity search, wasn’t even in the top 50 this time around. Poor thing.

Here’s a look at McAfee’s 2013 Top 10:


(Stock image via Joe Seer / Used under license.)

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  • Zoe

    Notice how those in the top ten are nearly all female. They’re like the digital femme fatales!

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