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Watching the stars can be an interesting hobby, but let’s make sure some of the brightest stars in Hollywood don’t blind us through identity theft.
Jessica Biel has stirred up controversy and made headlines before but this time Biel isn’t being reported on for her semi-nude photos or starring movie roles. Jessica Biel has landed on the top of an A-list of stars including Brad Pitt, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Anniston and Beyonce. A new movie? A new drama series? A new reality TV show? No, Jessica Biel has made the top of a “most dangerous” list. You won’t see Jessica Biel’s photo hanging in the post office or flashed on America’s Most Wanted. The real criminals are in the cyber world trying to cash in on Jessica Biel’s popularity.
“Cybercriminals are star watchers too – they latch onto popular celebrities to encourage the download of malicious software in disguise,” according internet security company McAfee’s Jeff Green.
For the third year, McAfee has released a list of the top most risky star web searches. Past winners were Paris Hilton in 2007 and Brad Pitt in 2008.
What are the chances? And what are the dangers?
According to McAfee, there’s a one in five chance that Jessica Biel internet searches will land on a risky website. These websites put visitors at risk for computer threats including spyware, spam, phsihing, viruses and adware.
Others Stars on the McAfee List:
For the second year, Beyonce came in second. The recent sentencing of her former boyfriend Chris Brown that has kept in her the news has also kept her a target of internet hackers. Even searching for “Beyonce ringtones” can lead to adware and spyware threats.
Jennifer Anniston was third on the list. Is this a theme for her or what? Over 40% of Google search hits for “Jennifer Anniston screensavers” contain threatening viruses.
Miley Cirus, Ashley Tisdale, Lindsay Lohan also made the top ten and newlyweds Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen came in at fourth and sixth.
Angelina Jolie has to share number eight on the list with Megan Fox. Wherever there’s Angelina can Brad Pitt be far behind? This year he dropped from 1st to 10th on the risky web search ranking.
Is President Barack Obama safe?
According to McAfee, President Barack Obama ranked only 34th in the list of risky web searches and first lady Michelle Obama ranked 39th.
(Safe) Jennifer Biel Scoop:
We’ll save you some trouble and some risky online activity and give you the low down on Jennifer Biel here.
Biel played Mary Camden, on the popular WB drama “7th Heaven” starting in 1996.
She hit the big screen 2003 with “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and again in 2004 in “Blade: Trinity.” She followed up in 2006 opposite Edward Norton in “The Illusionist.”
In 1999 she made People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” and Esquire magazine’s “Sexiest Woman Alive” in 2005.
In 2000 Biel posed semi-nude for a cover and photos in Gear magazine.
The 27 year old most recently appeared in “Easy Virtue.”
Curiosity is blamed for killing the cat but be aware of these risky online star searches that can kill your computer. Even nine lives won’t outlast spyware, spam, adware and viruses.