New study warns to think before you click on a link about your favorite music, TV or movie star.
Avril Lavigne can be dangerous if you click on the wrong link.
The pop star behind hits "Complicated" and "Sk8er Boi" has been named the "most dangerous celebrity" on the internet by cybersecurity firm McAfee, which released on Tuesday its annual ranking of riskiest stars to search for online.
According to the study, searching for "Avril Lavigne free mp3" leaves users with a 22 percent chance of landing on a malicious website that could transmit malware to their computer.
In a list of the top 10 most dangerous stars to search for, based on name alone, she finished on top with a 14.51 percent chance of turning up a link to a malicious site, followed by Bruno Mars, Carly Rae Jepsen, Zayn Malik and Celine Dion as the top five.
"In today’s digital world, we want the latest hit albums, videos, movies and more, immediately available on our devices," said Gary Davis, chief consumer security evangelist at McAfee. "Consumers often prioritize their convenience over security by engaging in risky behavior like clicking on suspicious links that promise the latest content from celebrities. It’s imperative that they slow down and consider the risks associated with searching for downloadable content. Thinking before clicking goes a long way to stay safe online."
Here are the top 10 "most dangerous celebrities" online, along with the percentage chance of their name leading to a malicious website.
- Avril Lavigne (14.51 percent)
- Bruno Mars (13.43 percent)
- Carly Rae Jepsen (13.19 percent)
- Zayn Malik (13.06 percent)
- Celine Dion (12.92 percent)
- Calvin Harris, (12.48 percent)
- Justin Bieber (12.33 percent)
- Diddy (12.32 percent)
- Katy Perry (12.25 percent)
- Beyonce (12.09 percent)