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Oct 8th


Jimmy Kimmel: Most Dangerous Celebrity

Move your mouse away from that Jimmy Kimmel video link! He may appear harmless, but he just topped the most dangerous celebrity list.
McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities

McAfee recently posted its annual Most Dangerous Celebrities list, revealing the top ten famous personalities likely to get us in trouble online. They found that when searching for funny videos and downloads of Jimmy Kimmel, there's a one-in-five chance you'll arrive at a page with viruses or malware. Other celebs to make the list this year include Britney Spears, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Christina Aguilera.
On the September 30 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel joked, "Who would have guessed that a boy who used to carry a briefcase to junior high and play the clarinet would end up being the most dangerous person."

Many consumers don't realize the risk associated with searching for celebrity and entertainment news. "Celebrity names coupled with the terms 'video' and 'picture' are some of the most-searched terms on the Internet," said Michelle Dennedy, chief privacy officer at McAfee. "Cybercriminals exploit consumers' need to be updated on celebrity news, leading them to sites that can harm their devices and compromise personal data. We want to ensure we're equipping consumers with the knowledge they need to keep both themselves and their devices safe."

While you're trying to avoid clicking on any hot celebrity gossip about any of the famous names on McAfee's list, there are a few steps you can take to safeguard your computer from viruses and malware. Just in case you can't possibly go on without seeing that "Britney's hair evolution" slideshow...make sure you're covered by the following first.
  1. Anti-Virus Protection: Secure your household computers with a trusted comprehensive security software that instantly analyzes and blocks new and emerging threats with virus protection and a firewall to keep hackers out.
  2. Remove Spyware & Malware: Guard your computer from new malware and spyware threats with an advanced security application that works with your anti-virus software for extra spyware protection.
  3. Password Protection: Change your passwords often or encrypt your passwords, usernames and credit card information on your PC to guard online transactions.
  4. Protect Your Identity: It's always smart to be proactive about keeping your identity and your information safe from hackers. If you see anything unusual with your bank statements or credit score, report it immediately. Or sign up for Identity Theft Protection, proactive prevention services that protect you from ID theft before it happens.

Now, step back from the computer and take a deep breath. Say the following words out loud: "I will not search for Jimmy Kimmel videos or downloads without the proper virus protection."