Pop-punk princess Avril Lavigne is rated ‘most dangerous’ celebrity to search online, according to cybersecurity company McAfee.
The singer-songwriter topped the company’s ‘Most Dangerous Celebrities’ study this year, a report that reveals “which celebrities generate the riskiest search results that could potentially expose their fans to malicious websites.”
Searching for Lavigne allows a 14.5 percent chance of landing on these ‘malicious websites.’The number increases to 22 percent if the users type her name and search for free MP3s.
“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,” according to a statement from McAfee.
Consumers, in turn, prioritize their convenience over security by clicking on suspicious links that promise celebrity downloadable contents.
The company cited two key factors why Lavigne topped the list. Lavigne is the target of an internet conspiracy theory suspecting that the real Avril has died of suicide and was replaced by an imposter. This intrigue has led users to ‘unreliable sources and sketchy sites’. The singer has also announced previously that she is working on new music targeted to be released before the end of 2017.
Lavigne is the first female music artist to rank no. 1 and replaced comedian Amy Schumer, who topped last year’s list.
Bruno Mars made his debut on the list, coming in at second, Cary Rae Jepsen at third, Zayn Malik at fourth and Celine Dion at fifth. Calvin Harris was named sixth most dangerous celeb to search online, followed by Justin Bieber, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Katy Perry, and Beyonce rounding out the top 10 list.
The Canadian artist first rose to fame in 2002 with her breakthrough single, Complicated. Her other hit songs include Girlfriend, Sk8r Boi, I’m With You, and Happy Ending.
Have you been searching for Avril Lavigne online lately? Think before you click.
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