Be aware before you Google this celebrity and talk show host!
If you want to Google funny guy Jimmy Kimmel, be very careful. The computer security company McAfee says that the celeb and talk show host is the most dangerous celebrity to search for online.
On a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Kimmel said that he couldn't believe a kid who played the clarinet and carried a briefcase to junior high would grow up to become the most dangerous celebrity of 2014.
McAfee said that a search for Kimmel had a 19 percent chance of landing on a website that had tested positive for spyware, viruses or malware. The company has used its own site ratings for the past eight years to make the determination. Hackers and cyber criminals are constantly looking for ways to take advantage of consumer interests.
"In wanting to get their hands on the latest celebrity news, images and videos, consumers may easily disregard their safety," said David Freer, Vice President of Consumer, APAC, McAfee, part of Intel Security. "Knowing users’ enduring interest on celebrities, cyber criminals deliberately mislead them to harmful sites especially as they fail to consider the potential security risks lurking behind their Internet searches."
While you may be nervous to Google Jimmy Kimmel, you may also want to be careful when you search Ciara, Flo Rida, Bruce Springsteen, Chelsea Handler or Christina Aguilera; McAfee deems these celebs dangerous too. They said that comedians, TV personalities and musicians were among the most dangerous to search for.
You can protect yourself by using authentic websites to watch shows, music videos or look at celeb news and using web protection software. Avoid "free downloads" from untrustworthy sites. Remember to never give personal information to Internet sites that you do not trust.
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