The Dangers of Searching Online

And now for some celebrity news.

Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts and Jessica Biel are the riskiest celebrities to search for on the Internet.

Yes – this trio of American actresses top the list of most dangerous celebrities in cyberspace, according to Internet security company McAfee.

Meanwhile, politicians like U.S. president Barack Obama and, dare we mention her name  in the same sentence, Sarah Palin are among the safest.

McAfee research found that searching for the latest Cameron Diaz pictures and downloads yields a 10 percent chance of landing on a website that’s tested positive for online threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware.

Clicking on these risky sites and downloading files like photos, videos or screensavers exposes surfers or consumers to the risk of downloading the viruses and malware designed to steal their personal information, the study revealed.

McAfee noted that while consumers are getting smarter about searching online, cybercriminals are getting sneakier in their techniques. Dave Marcus, security researcher for McAfee Labs, says:

Now they’re hiding malicious content in ‘tiny’ places like shortened URLs that can spread virally in social networking sites and Twitter, instead of on websites and downloads.†

In case you were wondering, three of Victoria’s Secret top models are among the top 10 this year. Searching for downloads of Gisele BÃ ¼ndchen (#4), Adriana Lima (#6), and Heidi Klum (#9) can result in landing on a high percentage of risky sites.

Leading men Brad Pitt (#5) and Tom Cruise (#8) also made the top 10.

Check out I.I.I. information on identity theft.

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