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Googling for hot women celebrities can be risky for your computer!

McAfee has found out that Googling for hot celebrities like Emma Watson, Shakira, Salma Hayek and Kate Upton can be risky and also that searching for women is generally more dangerous than men

In a recent study, McAfee, a world leading security technology company dedicated to protection of internet users, has found that Googling for celebrities such as the Harry Potter movie actress Emma Watson, Justin Bieber’s girlfriend Selena Gomez and supermodels such as Kate Upton can be extremely risky. These celebrity searches are apparently a happy hunting ground for those seeking to infect computers with malicious viruses such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware, which can pose an online threat to the user. Interestingly, the 10 most dangerous searches listed by McAfee are all women and is a sort of ranking for the hottest women on the planet.

McAfee’s study found that searching for Emma Watson yields more than a 12.6% chance of landing on a website that is dangerous and malicious. Other celebrities featured in the list were noted singer Shakira, actresses Salma Hayek and Cameron Diaz. According to McAfee press release, it said, “Emma Watson has replaced Heidi Klum as McAfee’s 2012 most dangerous celebrity to search for online. The “McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities” study found that women are more dangerous than men with Jessica Biel taking the number two spot and Eva Mendes coming in third. Latina women have proven that they are on fire and make up five of the top ten spots. After Mendes, Selena Gomez, Shakira and Salma Hayek take the fourth, seventh and ninth spot and Sofia Vergara rounds out the top 10 list. Funnyman Jimmy Kimmel is the only male to make the top 20 list this year.”

Apart from celebrities, it found out that searching for pictures and downloads of Latinas, musicians and supermodels were likely to lead to malicious websites. Surprisingly, celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Kristen Stewart, and Robert Pattinson did not featured in their list despite their respective high profile stories carried recently. “Hot movies and TV shows, awards and industry accolades seem to be more of a factor than headline-grabbing activity,” said Paula Greve, director of web security research at McAfee. “Still, searching for any celebrity can bring up risky sites and the public should use caution by not clicking on any page that looks suspicious.”

While the press release doesn’t mention any Indians, not even the top-most searched Indians (Google Zeitgeist) were Katrina Kaif, Salman Khan, Anna Hazare, Poonam Pandey and Priyanka Chopra.

In this day and age of rapid content consumption on the internet and social media such as Twitter and Facebook, celebrities are making themselves more accessible to people. The negative side to this is that celebrities and internet users become easy target for cybercriminals. McAfee said, “Cybercriminals follow the latest trends, often using the names of popular celebrities to lure people to sites that are actually laden with malicious software that are designed to steal passwords and personal information. Anyone looking for the latest videos or files to download could end up with a malware-ridden computer along with the trendy content. This year, searching for a celebrity name with “free downloads” and “nude pictures” as part of the search term resulted in the highest result of risky sites.”

Furthermore, says Paula Greve, “As the sophistication and expectations of consumers with respect to their online experience has increased, so has the level and ability to deliver malware either by malvertising, exploiting the user’s browser without their awareness, or masking malicious URLs behind shortened URLs.”

Internet users are advised to be cautious and not click on suspicious looking URL or links presented by search results. McAfee has advised consumers to take the following precautions:

  •  • Beware of content that prompts you to download anything before providing you with content. You may want to opt to watch streaming videos or download content from an established site, such as Hulu, Netflix, NBC, or ABCtv.
  • • Free downloads are significantly the highest virus-prone search terms. Anyone searching for videos or files to download should be careful not to unleash malware on their computer.
  • • Since most people use a variety of devices to search for celebrities, be sure you have up-to-date, comprehensive security for all of your devices. It’s important to have protection.

Internet users are also advised to keep their computer up-to-date by regularly updating their operating systems and keeping firewalls in place.

McAfee researched popular culture’s most famous people to reveal the riskiest Hollywood actors, athletes, musicians, politicians, designers, and comedians on the Web and came up with their McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities which started six years back, as the internet presence grew bigger and posed a bigger threat to consumers.



srinivasan M

4 years ago

Of all the articles posted for the awareness of readers, investors, this seems to be the most relevant. This could save every user of internet. Reading this I realized how many times I've flirted with these dangerous searches.Excellent.

Tata Motors sales down 4% in September

Sales of the company’s Nano small car stood at 5,491 units during the month compared to 2,936 units in the year-ago period, translating into an increase of 87.02%

New Delhi: Tata Motors reported 3.82% decline in its total vehicle sales to 75,773 units in September, reports PTI.


The company had sold 78,783 units in the same month last year, Tata Motors said in a statement.


The total passenger vehicle sales in the domestic market stood at 21,652 units in September, down 17.73% from 26,319 units in the same month last year.


Sales of the company’s Nano small car stood at 5,491 units during the month compared to 2,936 units in the year-ago period, translating into an increase of 87.02%.


The ‘Indica’ range reported sales of 7,936 units as against 10,282 units in the year-ago period, down 22.82%, Tata Motors said.


The ‘Indigo’ family recorded sales of 3,706 units, a fall of 52.44% from 7,793 units in the same month last year, it added.


Sales of the ‘Sumo’, ‘Safari’ and ‘Aria’ dipped by 14.86% to 4,519 units compared to 5,308 units in the corresponding period last year.


In the commercial vehicles segment, the company sold 48,680 units in the domestic market during the month under review compared to 46,247 units in the corresponding period last year, an increase of 5.26%.


Light commercial vehicle sales during the month amounted to 33,393 units, a growth of 18.87% over 28,092 units in the same month last year. Medium and heavy commercial vehicle sales stood at 15,287 units, a fall of 15.80% from 18,155 units in September 2011.


The company’s exports decreased by 12.48% to 5,441 units last month from 6,217 units in the same month last year, it added.


Union Bank, OBC revise deposit rates on FCNR accounts

As per the revised rates announced by Union Bank, the deposit rates have been revised downwards by 4-12 basis points on 1-5 year maturity in dollar-denominated accounts

Mumbai: Public sector lenders, Union Bank of India (UBI) and Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) have revised their deposit rates on FCNR accounts (foreign currency non-deposit accounts) with maturity of one-five years from today, reports PTI.


As per the revised rates announced by Union Bank, the deposit rates have been revised downwards by 4-12 basis points on 1-5 year maturity in dollar-denominated accounts.


Similarly, rates have also been revised for FCNR accounts in the euro, pound, Australian and Canadian dollars, among others.


This is the second revision of deposit rates by the bank on FCNR accounts after September.


Another public sector lender, OBC has also revised its deposit rates on FCNR accounts on one to five year maturities effective from today.


According to the bank, the rates have been revised by 1-12 basis points on the dollar denominated accounts.


Earlier, country’s largest lender—State Bank of Indi—and Central Bank of India had also revised rates effective from September.


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