Napanee’s Avril Lavigne has been determined to be the most dangerous celebrity to search for online, according to Cybersecurity firm McAfee’s 2017 Most Dangerous Celebrities List.
The singer-songwriter is the first female musician to ever rank #1 on McAfee’s annual list, replacing comedian Amy Schumer, who topped the report in 2016.
Avril previously made the list in 2013 – the same year her last album was released – when she was ranked as the second most dangerous celebrity.
The upcoming, much anticipated release of Avril’s new album is one factor credited with her top position in this year’s report, along with a long-lasting internet conspiracy that claims she was replaced by an imposter.
The McAfee report “reveals which celebrities generate the riskiest search results that could potentially expose their fans to malicious websites” containing viruses or malware, and includes a claim that there is a 22% chance of landing on a malicious site when searching for “Avril Lavigne free mp3”.
Including Lavigne, a total of four Canadians made McAfee’s top 10 list of most dangerous celebrities this year.
Singer Carly Rae Jepsen – of “Call Me Maybe” fame – is listed #3, Celine Dion is rated at #5, and Justin Bieber comes in as the #7 most dangerous celebrity.
The McAfee report states that cybercriminals “continue to use the fascination of consumers with celebrity culture to drive unsuspecting users to potentially malicious websites that can be used to install malware, steal personal information and even passwords.”
View the full report to see this year’s top 10 most most dangerous celebrities list along with tips to protect yourself.
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