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.

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