McAfee: And the most dangerous cyber celebrity is...

Actress Lily Collins may be gorgeous, talented, and have a famous rocker for a dad, but searching for her online can apparently lead your computer down a not-so-pretty path.

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Celebrities can be really dangerous, and not just because they slap zebra print and rhinestones on any product they can get ahold of.

They also lure unsuspecting Internet users to sites that have tested positive for threats that can harm a computer or mobile device. But which athletes, musicians, comedians, and Hollywood stars are most likely to lure innocent Internetizens into the less-than-glamorous online underbelly of spyware, adware, spam, and viruses? Security software company McAfee recently released its 2013 Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrity list, which highlights the most common celeb search terms that expose Web users to no-good.

Actress Lily Collins may be talented and have great eyebrows, but searching for pictures and downloads of her carries a 14.5 percent chance of landing on a risky page, according to McAfee's latest findings. Next up on the risk list are pop star Avril Lavigne and actress Sandra Bullock. Taking honors for the top dangerous males are Jon Hamm from "Mad Men" (at No. 8); Justin Timberlake (at No. 12); and Patrick Dempsey of "Grey's Anatomy" fame (at No. 13). (Yeah, like we didn't know Don Draper was bad news.)

McAfee has a few tips for protecting against online threats: Be wary of links to free content or too-good-to-be-true offers, for example, and check Web addresses for misspellings or other clues that the link might lead to a phony Web site. Read it here, and then go read Us Weekly.

About the author

Leslie Katz, Crave's senior editor, heads up a team that covers the most crushworthy (and wackiest) tech, science, and culture around. As a co-host of the now-retired CNET News Daily Podcast, she was sometimes known to channel Terry Gross and still uses her trained "podcast voice" to bully the speech recognition software on automated customer service lines. E-mail Leslie.

 

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