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Oct 19th

2018

Aussie Ruby Rose is McAfee’s Most Dangerous Celebrity


Keeping up to date with celebrity gossip is a sport for many of us. Staying on top of what your favorite celebrity wore to the latest Hollywood shindig and, of course, who they were with can be very time-consuming and often require extensive searching! But did you know that searching for your favorite celebrity can actually put your personal security at risk?

Every year McAfee, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company, undertakes global research, entitled Most Dangerous Celebrities, to identify which celebrities generate the riskiest search results, which could then potentially expose fans to malicious websites and risky downloads. In 2018, the top spot was filled for the first time ever by an Australian celebrity: actress and television presenter Ruby Rose.

The very talented Ruby Rose kicked off her career as a hugely popular VJ (video jockey) on MTV. Before long, she went on to enjoy great success as a model and television presenter and then as an actress with her role as Stella Carlin in the cult series Orange Is The New Black. Ruby's casting as Batwoman in the upcoming television series would have no doubt assisted in propelling her to first position.

Who Are the Most Dangerous Celebrities to Search For in 2018?

In the global list of Most Dangerous Celebrities, American reality TV star, Kristin Cavallari finished behind Rose at No. 2, followed by French actress Marion Cotillard (No. 3), the original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter (No. 4), Aussie actress Rose Byrne (No. 5), star of Will and Grace Debra Messing (No. 6), and reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian (No. 7).

McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrity

Cybercriminals Capitalize on our 'Celebrity Culture'

Online scammers and cybercriminals are always looking at new ways to get their hands on our private information with the aim of making big bucks. Tapping into our love of celebrity, cybercriminals will create professional looking websites that contain downloads loaded with spyware or malware. These malicious celebrity sites may also require users to set up an account. Unsuspecting visitors may provide their email addresses and passwords to the site not realizing that their details have been compromised.

Our fast-paced modern lives mean that we often cut corners in the name of speed and convenience. Some of us are just so keen to view the promised content about our favorite celebrity that we drop our guard and don't take the time to ensure the site is legitimate.

Not taking the time to ensure a link is safe means fans are not only putting their devices at risk of infection from viruses, but are also putting themselves at risk of identity theft.

How to Avoid Being Targeted by a Cyber Criminal

One of the best ways of staying safe online and avoiding falling victim to a scam is to adopt safe search practices. Here are my top tips to ensure you stay out of trouble!

1. Think Before You Click
Users looking for a sneak-peek of Ruby Rose's upcoming Batwoman series should be cautious and only download directly from a reliable source. The safest thing to do is to wait for the official release instead of visiting a third-party website that could contain malware.

2. Apply Updates as Soon as they are Available
Device and app updates will often include security fixes. Applying updates is an important step to help ensure devices stay protected.

3. Browse with Security Protection
Searching and browsing without security software is a little like navigating a foreign city without any guidelines. McAfee Total Protection is a comprehensive security solution that can help keep devices protected against malware, phishing attacks, and other threats.

4. Use Parental Control Software
Kids are fans of celebrities too, so ensure that limits are set on your child's device and use software that can help minimize exposure to potentially malicious or inappropriate websites.

Whether you celebrity watch because you are enamored, envious or inspired, please don't let your hobby put you at risk of identity theft. Ensure you (and your kids) search safely so you can stay out of the way of cybercriminals and their scams!