Actress Ruby Rose replaced singer-songwriter, Avril Lavigne as the most dangerous celebrity to search for online. Actor Paul Rudd of Ant-Man fame came out top as Singapore’s most dangerous celebrity. For the twelfth year in a row, McAfee researched famous individuals to reveal the riskiest celebrity to search for online. The research reveals which celebrities generate the riskiest search results that could potentially expose their fans to malicious websites.
From model and MTV VJ to Batwoman, Ruby Rose’s acting career took off in 2015 when she was cast as Stella Carlin in the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black. Now Rose can add “first Australian to take the top spot on the McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities study” to her list of accomplishments. Reality TV star, Kristin Cavallari finished behind Rose at No. 2, followed by actress Marion Cotillard (No. 3), the original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter (No. 4), actress Rose Byrne (No. 5), star of Will and Grace Debra Messing (No. 6), reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian (No. 7), actress Amber Heard (No. 8), morning TV show host Kelly Ripa (No. 9), and finally actor Brad William Henke round out the top 10.
It’s no secret that cybercriminals attempt to use the allure of celebrity to trick unsuspecting consumers into visiting malicious websites that can be used to install malware or steal personal information and passwords. The study, conducted by McAfee, highlights the dangers of clicking on suspicious links when searching for celebrity-focused content.
“We live in a fast-paced world that’s heavily influenced by pop culture where it’s possible to pick and choose which entertainment options we prefer to enjoy from a variety of connected devices,” said Gary Davis, chief consumer security evangelist at McAfee. “Often consumers put speed and convenience over security by clicking on suspicious links that promise content featuring our favorite celebrities, such as our favorite movies, TV shows or pictures. In our hyper-connected world, it’s important for consumers to think before they click to be sure that they are surfing to safe digital content and protecting themselves from cybersecurity threats that may be used to infect their devices or steal their identity.”
The top 10 celebrities from this year’s study are:
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The top 10 celebrities for Singapore from this year’s study are:
The Kardashians Can’t Keep up with Kourtney
While Kourtney Kardashian may have been trying to put some distance between herself and her family in real life, she definitely accomplished that on this year’s list of most dangerous celebrities. Caitlyn Jenner (No. 13) finished closest to the top ten followed by Kim Kardashian (No. 19), Rob Kardashian (No. 62), Khloe Kardashian (No. 91), Kendall Jenner (No. 138), Kylie Jenner (No. 152) and Kris Jenner (No. 158). In contrast to the global results, Kourtney Kardashian is not in Singapore’s most dangerous celebrity list, but sisters Kim (No. 4) and Khloe (No.5) Kardashian are in the top 5 while half-sister Kylie Jenner takes the No. 25 spot.
Musicians Don’t Strike the Right Chord
Unlike 2017’s list of most dangerous celebrities, musicians ranked low on this year’s list. Adele was the highest ranked musician at No. 21 followed by Shakira (No. 27), 2017’s top celebrity Avril Lavigne (No. 30), Lady Gaga (No. 35), Kehlani (47), Britney Spears (57), Ed Sheeran (74) and Diddy who finished at No. 9 in 2017 fell to No. 76. Similarly, for the most dangerous celebrity list in Singapore, the only musician within the top 10 is Adele at No. 7.
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