Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
Technology | By Christopher Mann

This is the most risky celebrity to google

This is the most risky celebrity to google

According to a recent report, one of the last things you should ever do with your computer is search for anything about "SK8ER Boi" and "complicated" singer Avril Lavigne. No, I'm referring, in fact, to matters of cybersecurity.

Avril Lavigne is the most unsafe celebrity online! She was followed by Bruno Mars, and another Canadian - Carly Rae Jepsen.

The annual survey analyses the celebrities whose names are the most likely to be used by cybercriminals to try to lure web users to malicious websites or click on links to malicious software.

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And for those still shunning Apple Music and Spotify, searching for Lavigne became even more dicey, with 22 percent of MP3 searches threatening to have viruses. Over here, our answer to Avril Lavigne is...

The 32-year-old has kept a low profile for the past few years - in 2015 she revealed she had been diagnosed with Lyme disease - so it may come as a surprise to many that she is at the top of the list.

There wasn't a lot of space between the first and 10th positions, with about 14.5 percent of all Google searches for Lavigne delivering a malicious webpage and a small fraction over 12 percent of results doing likewise for Beyonce. Bruno Mars was the second most likely celeb to get your computer in hot water this year.

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The study, conducted by the antivirus developer for the eleventh year in a row, highlights the dangers that Internet users face when seeking celebrity-centered content. A company blog post about the study speculated that a freakish internet conspiracy theory about Lavigne having died and been replaced with a lookalike to be partially responsible for her high position. It's imperative that they slow down and consider the risks associated with searching for downloadable content.

"Thinking before clicking goes a long way to stay safe online", he said.

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