Cameron Diaz Is Dangerous

Cameron Diaz has replaced Jessica Biel as the most dangerous celebrity to search for on the Web, according to security software specialist McAfee. For the fourth year in a row, McAfee researched popular culture’s most famous people to reveal the riskiest celebrity athletes, musicians, politicians, comedians and Hollywood stars on the Web.

The McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities List found movie stars and models top the “most dangerous” list this year while politicians like Barack Obama and Sarah Palin are among the safest. Cybercriminals often use the names of popular celebrities to lure people to sites that are actually laden with malicious software.

Anyone looking for the latest videos or pictures could end up with a malware-ridden computer instead of just trendy content. McAfee research found that searching for the latest Cameron Diaz pictures and downloads yields a ten percent chance of landing on a website that’s tested positive for online threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware.

Fans searching for “Cameron Diaz” or “Cameron Diaz and downloads,” “Cameron Diaz and screen savers,” “Cameron Diaz and wallpaper,” “Cameron Diaz and photos” and “Cameron Diaz and videos” are at risk of running into online threats designed to steal personal information. Clicking on these risky sites and downloading files like photos, videos or screensavers exposes surfers to the risk of downloading the viruses and malware. The study uses SiteAdvisor site ratings, which indicates which sites are risky to search for celebrity names on the Web and calculate an overall risk percentage.

The top 10 celebrities from this year’s study with the highest percentages of risk are:

  • Cameron Diaz – Searching for Diaz results in a one in ten chance of landing on a risky site. She has most recently been in the spotlight with blockbuster movies, “Knight and Day” and “Shrek Forever After.” When “Cameron Diaz and screensavers” was searched, 19 percent of the sites were identified as containing malicious downloads.
  • Julia Roberts – Academy Award-winning actress Julia Roberts is one of America’s sweethearts, and will soon be in the spotlight with her upcoming release of “Eat, Pray, Love.” The overall risk of searching for Roberts is nine percent, yet searching for “Julia Roberts and downloads” results in a 20 percent chance of downloading a photo, wallpaper or other file laden with malware.
  • Jessica Biel – Last year’s Most Dangerous Celebrity fell two spots with searches resulting in fewer risky sites this year. Biel continues to be in the spotlight with her on-again, off-again relationship with Justin Timberlake, and appeared in “The A-Team” in June 2010. While her overall search risk is nine percent, searching for “Jessica Biel and screensavers” results in a 17 percent chance of landing on a risky site.
  • Gisele Bündchen – The world’s highest-paid supermodel moved up two spots since last year. Searching for “Gisele Bündchen and screensavers” can prove risky, 15 percent of the search results for this beauty can put spyware, malware or viruses on your computer.
  • Brad Pitt – Pitt is often in the spotlight with news of his movies and his personal life. It’s no wonder why this leading man has been in the top ten for the past three years. He moved up in rank five spots this year. Downloading photos, screensavers, or other files of Brad can potentially put adware or spyware in your computer. Surprisingly his wife, Angelina Jolie, doesn’t even make the top ten.
  • Adriana Lima – Searching for downloads of this Brazilian beauty can direct users to red-ranked sites. Lima is best known for being a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2000.
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt, Nicole Kidman – Searching for these Hollywood starlets resulted in an equal number of risky download websites.
  • Tom Cruise – With recent buzz around his MTV Awards performance as well as his movie, “Knight and Day,” Cruise rises to the top ten.
  • Heidi Klum, Penelope Cruz – Both of these ladies are consistently in the spotlight, and share the 9 spot. Cybercriminals use their names to lure people to risky sites. Klum hosts “Project Runway” and Cruz has been in the spotlight recently for her role in the “Sex and the City 2” movie and is expected to be in the fourth film of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series.
  • Anna Paquin – This “True Blood” star is as dangerous on the Web as she is on the screen. Searching for screensavers of Paquin can lead you to downloads filled with malware

Dangerous athletes include tennis stars Maria Sharapova and Andy Roddick who came in at 13 and 14 respectively. Most of the risky sites were uncovered when searching for screensavers featuring these sexy athletes. David Beckham ranked 29 and Tiger Woods ranked 33 this year.

“Bieber Fever” is not dangerous. Teen sensation Justin Bieber ranked towards the bottom of the list at 46. This young star recently broke a YouTube record with more views than Lady Gaga 37.

Other young Hollywood stars like Miley Cyrus 44 and Zac Efron 40 were also relatively safe to search. US President Barack Obama 49 and Sarah Palin 50 are not among the most risky personalities to search; they ranked in the bottom of this year’s results, moving even lower on the list compared to last year.

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