Emma Watson tops Mcafee list for ‘security compromise’
Harry Potter series female lead Emma Watson is this year’s most dangerous celebrity, according to digital security firm McAfee. When McAfee means she is the most dangerous celebrity, it means that search engine queries for her name or image are more likely to lead to malware or other forms of Internet nastiness that queries for any other celebrity. The English actress portrayed Hermione in the Harry Potter series.
“In today’s celebrity culture, consumers expect to be able to go online to catch up with the latest photos, videos, tweets, and stories about their favourite celebrities,” said McAfee director of Web security research Paula Greve in a press release. “Due to the richness of the data and the high interaction, oftentimes consumers forget the risks that they are taking by clicking on the links.”
Following Watson was American actress Jessica Biel, fiancée of singer/actor Justin Timberlake and 2009’s Most Dangerous Celebrity. The No. 3 was actress Eva Mendes, who, McAfee noted, “is currently in the news for her fling with Ryan Gosling.” Last year’s No. 1, German model and reality-show host Heidi Klum, didn’t even make this year’s top 10.