Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Avril Lavigne most 'dangerous' celebrity to search for online

Avril Lavigne most 'dangerous' celebrity to search for online

The "Sk8er Boi" singer was just dubbed the "most unsafe celebrity" on the internet by cybersecurity firm McAfee (remember those annoying security updates on your PC?); Lavigne supplanted 2016 "winner" Amy Schumer as the celeb most likely to bog down your computer, with 14.5 percent of her internet searches leading to sites with malware or viruses.

Although she's been out of the limelight since 2013, Avril Lavigne has been named the most unsafe celebrity on the internet by cybersecurity firm McAfee.

Bruno Mars and Carly Rae Jepsen are No. 2 and No. 3, followed by Zayn Malik, Celine Dion, Calvin Harris, Justin Beiber, Sean Combs, Katy Perry and Beyonce.

Lavigne was ranked second in 2013, the same year her self-titled album was released.

This year's list of "dangerous celebrities" looks completely different from last year's, when Amy Schumer topped the list. We're not sure, but maybe it has to do with the ongoing internet conspiracy that Avril died and was replaced by an imposter years ago.

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Here's the worst search you can launch: [Celebrity Name] + free MP3.

The company gathered the data by looking at the number of risky website generated when various celebrities were searched on Google, Bing and Yahoo's search engines.

Gary Davis, the chief consumer security expert, claimed, "in today's digital world, we want the latest hit albums", videos, tv, film, and more; people don't care about possible repercussions for their decisions. He added, "consumers often prioritize their convenience over security by engaging in risky behavior" by clicking on suspicious links. It's imperative that they slow down and consider the risks associated with searching for downloadable content.

And of course, there was a plug for McAfee WebAdvisor to "keep you safe by identifying malicious websites and warning the user before they click".

McAfee recommended users be more cautious about what they're clicking on, especially when searching for free music.

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