Do you know that you might be hacked by just searching in the Google? We as fans love to google about our favorite celebrities. But are you sure that searching about them might get you hacked?
Celebrity talks are way more common in today’s age. Because it became common, it also has turn out to be a honey trap. Means, taking this celebrity talk as advantage, the hackers are laying the trap for all internet users. According to the 2019 list of ‘Most dangerous celebrities to search online’ taken by McAfee, if you search or google some celebrities you might land in a trouble.
McAfee has researched for the past thirteen years and filtered out the celebrities list that may bring a riskiest search result. Means, it could expose the fans potentially to some malicious website’s and pages to hack them.
The list taken this year includes Alexis Bledel well known as Rory Gilmore from the network Television show. ‘Gilmore girls’. It is an American series that comes under comedy-drama genre where Lorelai Gilmore, an independent Inn’s manager shares a close relation with Rory Gilmore, her daughter. They were placed in top of the list of Most dangerous celebrities to search online this year.
Next one in the list of James Cordon who is the host of Late Late show. It is also an American TV show that comes late-night on CBS. It engages in the conversation with the popular guest and there will be comedy sketches and even the musical performances. In the third place there was a Sophie Turner, star of Game of Thrones, which is a well-known drama series where 9 families wage war against each other to get the control over the Westeros mythical land.
Other famous celebrities on McAfee’s list of Most dangerous celebrities to search online are Jackie Chan (Hong Kong martial artist), Anna Kendrick (American actress and singer), Lupita Nyong’ o (Kenyan- Mexican Actress), Nicki Minaj (Tobago born rapper), Lil Wayne (American Rapper), and Tessa Thompson (Marvel actress).
Sophie Turner and Alexis Bledel’s names are with searches associated strongly with the term, ‘Torren’. This is the reason why their names appeared in this year’s list so high. Due to the availability of various video streaming services, consumers have more access to various content online. And in exchange for pirated content, a lot of people are readily putting their digital lives in risk.
We must never forget that nothing comes at free of cost. Though users are getting nothing for free online they are still compromising with their safety in this digital world.
Gary Davis, the Chief consumer security evangelist of McAfee mentioned that while searching content online, consumer needs to be on their very tips. He adds,
“Consumer may not be fully aware that the searches they conduct pose risk, not may they understand the detrimental effects that can occur when personal information is compromised in exchange for access to their favourite celebrities, movies, TV shows or music. Criminal use deceptive websites to dupe unsuspecting consumers into accessing malicious files or content. Consumers must learn to protect their digital lives from lurking cybercriminals by thinking twice before they click on suspicious links or download content”