“As you know in fashion, one day you’re in, and the next day… ” you have viruses and malware on your computer because you Googled Heidi Klum! The web security company McAfee released their annual list of the top ten most dangerous celebrities on the Internet today, and this year the chipper Project Runway host stole the crown from last year’s winner Cameron Diaz. Klum could not be reached for comment, but McAfee says that searching for pictures and downloads of the former model “yields more than a 9 percent chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for online threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware,” the company said in a release. Doesn’t she look so cute and innocent in this photo? For shame, Heidi!
Using celebrity names is a common way for tech-savvy ne’er-do-wells to lure people to sites that can steal your personal information and flood your computer with malicious software. Did you think you were safe searching for that sexy True Blood screensaver? McAfee says you’re not — Anna Paquin made the list at number seven. Were you hoping for some topless Piers Morgan pictures to add to your already impressive collection? Proceed with caution, because the Piers Morgan Tonight host landed the number three spot, and the title of “most dangerous male celebrity.”
McAfee used their SiteAdvisor software to provide ratings that indicate which sites are risky, and calculated an overall risk percentage for the top celebrity names on the web. See the full list of dangerous celebrities below:
1. Heidi Klum
2. Cameron Diaz
3. Piers Morgan
4. Jessica Biel
5. Katherine Heigl
6. Mila Kunis
7. Anna Paquin
8. Adriana Lima
9. Scarlett Johansson
10. Emma Stone, Brad Pitt, and Rachel McAdams
The Maxim dream team of Biel, Kunis, Lima, Stone, and Johansson are obvious choices for virus-bait, but is anyone else surprised at the inclusion of Heigl and Morgan? Who out there has been searching for Piers Morgan screen-savers? Also, since teenagers seem to rule the Internet now, it’s interesting that youth favorites like Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna didn’t make the list. According to McAfee, this is because “movie stars and models top the ‘most dangerous’ list this year while singers and sports stars are among the safest.”
McAfee also noted that headlines don’t equal risk. Charlie Sheen may have had a busy year, but his no. 59 spot means that he is much more dangerous to his friends and family than he is to Internet users. So the Victoria’s Secret catalog is basically a Facebook of Internet assassins, but the self-proclaimed Vatican assassin is a non-threat. Got that, PopWatchers?